It was formally inspected but had expired. I can't say for sure if she was stopped properly as I was not present. No, he did not contact anyone or offer to drive her anywhere. He told her that there was a bus route that she could take if needed after explaining that I couldn't get to her location for roughly 90 minutes.
Nathan,Thank you for your follow-up. My apologies on the short delay.The answer is partially favorable, and partially not in your favor. The officer did have a right to pull over your spouse if the inspection was out of date. Under PA law he likewise could impound the car and compel inspection to take place before it was drivable--one of the conditions of using state roads is to have properly inspected vehicles on it. This is unusual but not improper--most officers simply give a warning and then require the person to return with a copy of the vehicle sticker showing that the car is properly inspected.However here there may be a serious issue with the officer's judgment and behavior. This is one of the hottest days of the year, if not the hottest. He left an ill woman on the road without transportation and air conditioning. That, frankly, could have created a very risky situation that could create injury or even death. THAT is a problem. This, therefore, opens up a claim for civil suit for damages and pain and suffering the was objected to for being left out on the street in this weather. I suggest you contact the officer's precinct and speak to the sergeant on duty or the captain, and then retain a civil litigation attorney if they refuse to apologize and return the vehicle. This is simply unacceptable and I am sorry that your wife was exposed to it.Good luck.
Nathan,I am sorry to hear that but it is also not unexpected. Going purely on the legal basis here, the officer WAS operating within his rights. He could take the vehicle for the tags being expired. But operating within his rights is not the same as exercising 'good' judgment--if something happened to your wife, which arguably already took place if she suffered adverse medical affects, the officer, by virtue of placing her in that position, would be deemed liable. But of course no officer would admit to this--they feel either above their responsibility or they do not want to admit their own liability. I agree that it is shameful and I agree that it is wrong, which is why I suggested counsel if you do decide to pursue this further on your end. There is the 'right' answer on the legal end, and an improper decision from a judgment end, which is where this ends up falling.Good luck.
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