I was driving on V Street and made a right turn going to Home Depot. I noticed flashing lights in my rear-view mirror and it looked like it was meant for me, so I immediately turned and parked. I had no idea what was going on, so I got out of the car right away. I approached a young man, wearing civilian clothes, who had exited a small white sedan. A female also exited the car, but stayed next to the vehicle.
I said: What did I do wrong?
He replied: I can see that it was an honest mistake. He told me that I made an illegal turn.
In a lengthy exchange he said it was dangerous to make a right turn because of traffic from the right. I had told him that I had not driven that route for years, and he mentioned that things had changed.
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He said: “I’m not going to give you a ticket this time, and let you go with a warning.”
I decided to go to the Highway Patrol office in Atwater to find out who pulled me over. Since the vehicle was unmarked, and the young man had no uniform, I had no idea which agency he belonged to – and neither did the Highway Patrol officer. Lesson learned. Don’t get out of your car, and always ask for ID.
Engelina Smith, Atwater