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Bruised ego
So, last Friday I'm on the way to work, getting on I190 at exit 2. In front of me is a Chrysler 300C - the Chrysler version of my car - and in front of him is an SUV. The two of them slide right into the middle lane, but aren't really accelerating. So I decide to pass them, move into the left lane and accelerate. As I'm closing the 300C decides to do the same thing, and cuts me off. Now, there is no one else on the road around us, so I smoothly went back over to the far right lane, went around Heckle and Jeckle, and went on my merry way. A few minutes later on I290 I got caught up in traffic, and when it cleared I was passing some folks when I noticed two cars behind me was a State Trooper. It was a semi-stealth cruiser - no light bar, but it had a push bar on the front so I spotted it. I finished passing and slid back over, going with traffic. He pulled in behind me, and followed me for a while as I changed lanes, etc.

So eventually he does what I was expecting and pulls me over. While I'm waiting for him to walk up to my window the 300C goes by and honks. I figure he got me speeding, I was going 80 at points even if it was in the flow, so whatever. But he tells me that someone had flagged him down and told him I was driving erratically. I'm pretty sure I know who that was. Also, the registration sticker on my plate is expired and I hadn't noticed - the registration is current, I don't think I got a sticker last time, I always put those right on the car. Since I have a clean record (my last ticket was in Cali in '96, and my last ticket on my MA record is early '95), and everything checked out - and he didn't feel my driving was erratic - I didn't even get a warning. So I didn't get a ticket, and it really didn't bother me, except that I feel like the jerk in the 300C just had me flagged down because he had his ego bruised. He's the one who changed lanes suddenly and cut me off, and the one who cut from an on-ramp to the middle lane while still not even up to speed. Sending a Trooper after me was just spiteful, and a waste of everyone's time. He didn't like that I was a better driver is what it seems like to me. Frankly I wouldn't do anything differently if it happened again. Better than slamming on my brakes in the passing lane because he cut me off as I was about to pass him. It was a very smooth maneuver, not at all erratic.

So, anyway, first time being pulled over in the new ride. ;-) And, yeah, the Trooper asked about my name. The Trooper was nice about the whole thing, no problems with him at all.

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kaetien From: kaetien Date: April 5th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I get on 190 at exit 2 as well, I live right near there.

I'm glad you didn't get a ticket, though. I hope karma comes back very soon to bite Mr. 300C in the ass REAL soon ^_^
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 5th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I live near the West Boylston Street end of Fairhaven Road, which is almost across from Ararat Street, which is the road Exit 2 is on - hence I commute that way. :-)
kaetien From: kaetien Date: April 6th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Aha, I know whereabouts that is. I'm on West Mountain Street by the Holden line.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: April 5th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I would have liked to have been in the car when he asked about the name. Bet it was throwing him for a loop.
audiogeek From: audiogeek Date: April 5th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
From what I've been told, Cops are trained not to ask personal questions beyond what they need, thus avoid possible law-suit situations. However, zonereyrie being the laid-back individual that he is, the cop probably felt more at ease with the non-business side of things.

Though I too am curious... what exactly did he ask? Just somehting like "is this your real legal name?", or more personal questions like "why megazone?".
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 5th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah, it was more along the lines of "That's your full name?" "Yep." "Just the one word?" "Yep." "OK, that's different." In the past I had a cop ask me "They let you do that?!" "Well, apparently so."

I've been issued warnings since I changed it, and sometimes they aren't sure how to fill it in. "Uh, so, do you normally use that as a first or last name?" "Last." "OK... What do you put in the first name?" "I leave it blank, or I use 'Mr' if I have to fill it in." "...OK." :-)
catling From: catling Date: April 5th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah, phooey. That's just charmingly mature... I'm glad the officer was decent about the whole thing.
xinie From: xinie Date: April 5th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
A friend told me that there's some sort of big safe driving project going on until April 8(?) in MA. So you oughta behave yourself til then.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 5th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
While I was pulled over I watched another Trooper pull over another car just up the road. Then when I was able to go I passed them, and then just around the bend *another* Trooper had someone pulled over. It was the end of the month, I figured they were trying to make quota. :-)
frustratedpilot From: frustratedpilot Date: April 5th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Just because of your name, I was reminded of a clip from the PBS biography of Rod Serling. You see, he had a cameo appearance on somebody else's sitcom, thusly...

OTHER STAR: "Your Honor"?

ROD: I'm the Mayor of this town. The people here love me so much that they renamed the town after me. (Pause.) I'm Mister Zone.
hnybny From: hnybny Date: April 5th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That 300C guy was a real dick, or should I say he probably lacked one ;-)