Radar detectors to warn drivers of speed traps may be illegal, but what of a person physically warning those passing by of an officer pulling drivers over for going too fast? A Texas woman was doing just this, holding up a sign warning those passing down the road of an upcoming speed trap until she got arrested.
The local ABC affiliate reports Natalie Plummer of Houston saying she felt like a police officer was “just pulling random cars over” for alleged speeding last week, so she pulled her own bike over and made a quick sign that she used to tell drivers of the situation ahead. She said that she felt like she was “simply warning citizens.”
Plummer claims that she was on the sidewalk the whole time holding the sign, but she was soon approached by an officer who arrested her for standing in the street. She also said the officer claimed she was being taken to jail for obstructing justice, which comes with a few years of automatic jail time if found guilty.
Watch the report with some footage from Plummer showing the officer pulling over vehicles:
ABC reports Plummer instead only received a misdemeanor for standing in the road. She spent 12 hours in jail.
Although the police department could not speak in detail about the incident, ABC notes a spokesperson saying Plummer standing in the road was “a danger to herself and others” and “…the sum total of which was is an arrestable offense.” Police also said Plummer resisted arrest.
Plummer believes that because the officer could not actually arrest her for warning speeders that they made something up to take her in.
(H/T: Yahoo! News)