So, my procrastination caught up to me today. I have been putting off renewing my tags for one reason or another. I am not sure why. There are other things I have to do. School, mostly. My car needs to go in for an emissions test before I can renew the tags. I am not worried about that. Anyway, the tags are expired. I got pulled over on my way to the house I am watching for some friends. I was within a few blocks of their house, too, which I found amusing afterwards.
I saw the patrol car sitting near a stop sign as I drove. He appeared to be making sure people were actually stopping. I thought nothing about it as I drove by, stopped, and went about my way. The truck behind me did the same. There was no other vehicle behind the truck as we went down a large hill. Then, suddenly, I noticed a car coming up on the truck rather quickly. After seven years as a military police officer, I recognize how cops drive, even when I cannot see enough of the vehicle to confirm it is a patrol car.
I went stopped at another stop sign and continued on. The truck turned, so I knew then that the officer was trying to catch up to me. When he turned on his lights I realized there was no decent place to pull over. Thus, I had to drive another block and such before finding a side street that did not have ditches on either side of the road. The officer said nothing about not pulling over quickly, though he did question why I opened the door instead of roll down the window. The crank broke off years ago. I was honest about the expired tags and was given a correction notice. I have a week to fix the tags. I only hope I do not attract another patrol unit in the meantime. I will do it either tomorrow or Friday. Friday is more likely, since I do not have to worry about rush hour traffic on the way back from class.
This is only the second time I have been pulled over. It was an odd experience being on the other side of a traffic stop.