I was driving down the street at dusk when I saw a car with its flashers on. It was heading in the same direction and was going very slow. That’s when I saw a 2015 registration sticker on the license plate. Since we were going so slow, I decided to run the plate. The information came back showing it expired 6 months ago.
The car was now sputtering and almost coughing up smoke as it limped down the road. It was in critical condition at this point and the only thing missing was a storm cloud above it. I put my lights on and the car slowly pulled to the side like it was giving up.
I walked up and smelled something burning from the tired and beaten up looking car. I’m sure it was just waiting to be put out of its misery.
I told the driver the reason for the stop and asked for his license. He replied by saying, “I don’t have it on me.”
This is usually code for “I don’t have a license” or “It’s suspended.”
“Do you a license or did you forget it at home?”
Code words confirmed.
I did a record check and found out he was driving the same car in March when he was given a ticket for a suspended license, no insurance and expired registration.
I called a tow truck and filled out another ticket for his collection. I walked back up with the citation and told him the car was getting impounded. I next waited for the, “Can I have a chance” request.
“Can someone come pick up the car?”
“No. Your license is suspended and you keep driving.”
“My brother has a tow truck. Can he tow it home?”
I looked up for a moment wondering if he was for real. What kind of question was that? I’ve impounded a lot of cars in my time, but no one has anyone asked to impound their own car.
As the tow truck hooked up the car, the driver came up again and asked for a chance.
“Did you get a ticket in March?” I asked.
“Yes you did. You were driving that car when you got stopped.”
“Did the cop take the car on that day?”
“Well, that was your chance.”
He didn’t have anything to say after that. He knew the car was going for sure.
He was a nice guy, but sooner or later you have to take responsibility for your actions. I have no doubt he’ll drive again. It just wont’ be in that car for the next 30 days.