Marion T. writes:
It was about 11:00 PM and my friend’s daughter Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren’s parents have always told her never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather to wait until she gets to a gas station, convenience store, etc.
Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice, promptly called *77 on her cell and proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars in her area and there weren’t. He told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.
Ten minutes later four cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and wrestled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes as well.
How scary is that?
I never knew about the *77 direct link to State Trooper information, but heed my advise -- especially women alone in cars on dark, deserted highways -- you should probably never pull over for unmarked cars in an unpopulated area. Police should respect your right to keep going to a safer place. This story sent a shiver down my spine. We all believe in and trust the police . . . this is why unsavory characters like to use these tactics to lure in unsuspecting victims. Marion, keep your fingernails sharp, keep a dagger in your boot, a huge hatpin in your scarf, and a vial of pepper spray in your pocket. A little fear of the unknown wouldn’t hurt either. Thanks for the story & stay safe. --W
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