At around 9:00 PM on July 18, 2010 my two friends and I were driving down Pensacola St. in the secondlane from the right. To my left was a BMW M Roadster and in front of me a sedan. I merged over to theright-most lane 50-100 yards in front of the crosswalk where I was pulled over. As I merged over, Inoticed, and my friend in the car verbally pointed out that there was someone in the crosswalk lookinglike they are intending to cross. It was the Officer, Sgt. Lee. I slowed down thinking that he was going towalk across the crosswalk. He was standing straight up with his hands to his side. As we got closer he
motioned to me and yelled, “Pull over!” I complied, wondering why he was pulling me over. He asked
for license, registration, insurance etc. I gave it to him. From the moment that I merged to the right laneto the moment that I was pulled over I had a clear view of the Officer, who never appeared to move, orhave anything in his hands, which added to my confusion. After taking down my information, theOfficer came back with a ticket saying I was going 42 in a 25 mph zone. On the ticket he has marked thathe used a laser to measure my speed violation. He did not mark a laser distance.I requested that he show me the laser, because I did not at any time
see one on him. He said “No, Idon’t have to do that.” I informed him that I don’t think he could have lasered my car because I had
observed him in the crosswalk after merging into the right lane. He refused to show me the laser for
“safety reasons”. I
do not know what my actual speed was at any time down the road. However, I was
going with the flow of traffic and even though the ticket says, “right lane passing cars,” I did not, at any
time pass any other cars either in front of me or to my side. The Officer claimed that he himself was theone who lasered me. I did not observe any other Officer with him. Also, while the Officer was writing thetraffic citation, a Black SUV drove up behind the Officer who was parked in front of the crosswalk andthe driver, a big man with an aloha shirt, came out to talk story with the Officer as if they were friendsfor about 10 minutes, the entire time I was sitting in my car.
I was wrongly given a traffic citation for speeding. The Police Officer claimed I was going 42 mph in a 25mph zone. To support his claim he said that he used a laser detection device. I am contesting thecitation on the grounds that the officer never actually lasered me. I merged into the right laneapproximately where the circle is marked on the picture on the next page. I observed the officerstanding in the crosswalk from the moment I merged because I was looking at the crosswalk to makesure that no one was crossing. I am aware that the laser gun used for traffic citations has a very longrange, however, here, the point at which the officer observed me, and could possibly have lasered me,
begins at the point where I merged. The Officer himself wrote that he observed me in the “right lanepassing cars.” There was a car in front of me
from the point where I turned onto Pensacola St. to thepoint where I merged into the far right lane.