Letter: Cruiser confrontation
It must have been a slow Motorcycle Weekend for the police, at least the Pembroke police.
At about 7:30 on Saturday night, I was heading north on Route 3 on my way home from A Cruise Night in Hooksett, hosted by the New Hampshire Mustang Club. Just south of Lang’s Ice Cream, I passed a Pembroke cruiser heading the other way and noticed in my rearview mirror that he turned his blue lights on and turned around as if he had spotted the FBI’s most wanted.
Not knowing if I was the one he was after, I turned in to Lang’s for an ice cream. As I was backing into a parking spot, he pulled in front of my car. At that point I realized that I was the one he was after.
He walked up to the car and asked if I knew why he stopped me. I said, “For the tinted license plate cover?” He said, “That’s right.” I told him I had just put it on the day before and only found out that night that it was against the law to cover your license plates.
He asked why I pulled in to Lang’s, and I said, “I wanted an ice cream.” He wanted to know why I didn’t continue up Route 3, as if I was trying to avoid him, and I said, “Then I would have to turn around to return to Lang’s.”
I think this may have upset him, but it was the truth. He then asked for my license and registration. When I handed it to him, he asked, “Is there anything I should know about your license?” I said, “Yes, I haven’t had a conviction in 30 years,” which was actually closer to 40 years.
After a few minutes he returned and handed me a written warning for “failure to display license plate” and advised me to remove the cover.
Also in the cruiser was, I am guessing, a future police officer who I am sure was very impressed.
I thought he could have better used his time to hunt down drug dealers, child molesters and burglars. Or maybe even someone texting while driving.
I have since removed the tinted cover from my 2000 Saleen Mustang to prevent any further confrontation with the police.