On Friday, April 23 2010 I was pulled over. I was charged with reckless driving and disobeying an officer.
I was driving down a hill after passing where people were working on the road. At the crest, I noted my speed was 75. Coming down the said hill, a car in the right lane moved in the left. They were quite close, so I moved to the left to avoid making them nervosa and following too close. As I moved over, I saw 2 men in the break down lane in safety vests. While still moving over and realizing why the other car (that happened to be a maroon jeep grand Cherokee) moved over I proceeded to make sure I was as close to the dashed white lines to not cause the two workers to be stressed or feel that they were in danger. I made sure I was very close, and because of this most of my focus was on the road and not what the 2 men were doing. The guy riding in the passenger seat told me that they were throwing their arms up in the air. I assumed that they were angry that I had not moved over, but I was really upset and nervous at that point. I had not wanted to do that and I knew I shouldn't have. I then got off at the next exit because I was afraid and needed to regroup and calm down. After driving for about 2 min I turned around and got back on the highway. Traveling for about 5 to 10 minutes I ran into State trooper, and at this point I realized that the two men on the side of the road were not road workers but state troopers. He proceeded to charge me with reckless driving and disobeying an officer.
I'm going to plead not guilty to disobeying an officer for-
- 1) I had no idea that they were police officers (mistake of fact)
- 2) I had not seen their hand signals myself and when I was informed by my friend that hand signals were being made I assumed they were of a derogatory nature
If the police officer brings up that I admitted to dodging him, it's because there were two answers I could have given. Yes I dodged and no I didn't. Technically I did dodge him, but not because I knew he we police.
I'm going to plead not guilty for reckless driving because
- 1) I was in complete control
- 2) I took every precaution to keep the people in the breakdown lane safe
- 3) And the situation required that I move into the left lane.