I was traveling down Ridge Pike, in the right lane, from my apartment towards Target. I was starting to pass the Acme complex when a silver SUV pulled out in front of me. I slammed on the breaks; it seemed like he didn't even see me. The SUV made a right turn from the complex directly into the far lane, which as far as I know is illegal, and no turn signal was used. That's 2 violations. I start to accelerate and as I approached the SUV, it swerved into my lane and then swerved back into the far lane which had now turned into a middle lane. That's 2 lane changes without a turn signal as well as crossing a solid white line twice. That's 4 more violations and counting the previous 2, that makes 6. I'm guessing that since the far lane quickly became 2 lanes, a turning lane and a regular lane, he thought he was in a turning lane, swerved into mine, and then immediately swerved back when he realized the only turning lane was the one that formed to his left. When the SUV did this, I had to hit my breaks again. This time, I laid on my horn and threw up my hands. I waited about 5-10 seconds to make sure there wasn't any more erratic movement and began to once again accelerate. While accelerating to speed, the SUV started to slow down until I came along side of it. I looked over and yelled to the driver, “Learn how to drive, *******.” I could see him start yelling back but couldn’t hear what was being said. I couldn’t believe that a person who drives like this was yelling at ME so I gave him the finger as I kept driving. This appeared to infuriate the driver. As I accelerated away, he then sped up and pulled up along side of me, matching my speed to yell more. I believe this is harrassment making the violation total now 7. I couldn’t believe HE was yelling when I was the one whom was endangered by HIS driving. I then motioned for him to turn into the next road, the side access road to Target, and put on my turn signal as I slowed down to allow the SUV to pull in front of me. I wanted to know what he had to say and I wanted to tell him what I thought of his driving. This time, he put his turn signal on and moved in front of me, then made the turn. As I followed, he pulled over to the side of the first turn (right) entering the Target complex and I pulled in behind him.
I was on my way to give an anti-assault and anti-rape seminar/class to a coworker and his family so I looked like a thug. I had a black skull cap on, sunglasses, my black jacket and gloves and black warm-up pants. I got out of my car and he got out of his. I walked to the front of my car and stopped. Once out of the vehicles, I yelled, “What’s you’re ******* problem? Why the **** did you cut me off and then swerve at me?” He walked up to me and got in my face. At this point, legally, I could have construed that as threatening movement and defended myself, but I remained calm. I thought that if he wanted to hit me, he was welcome to, but it most likely wouldn't turn out well for him. I think he expected me to back down, but I wasn't going anywhere; I was in the right and I knew it and I wasn't about to be intimidated either. He replied, “*** you. Do you see that?! Do you see that?!” At this time he pointed to his license plate which was a “fraternal order of the police” plate. “You know what that means?! Do you know what that means?!” I said, “I don’t give a *** even if you were a cop, it doesn’t mean you get to break the law and it doesn’t automatically make you right.” “Oh yeah? We’ll see about that when you get a citation in the mail.” I said, “A citation! For what?!! YOU’RE the one who cut ME off!” “For careless driving that’s what.” I said, “**** you, give me the citation. You’re the one that almost caused an accident.” I know…very stupid choice of words, but he was in plain clothes and like I said, never said his name nor identified himself in any respect so I STILl don't know if he was a real cop. I saw no badge and he never even said he was a cop. I can borrow my friend's car and make that same claim. He could have been making the whole thing up. All he did was point to the plate and threaten me with a ticket. He said, “**** you, get back in your car.” I replied, “Go **** yourself.” During the exchange of words, the woman he was with got out of the SUV, walked to the back of my car and wrote down my license plate number, walked back to the other vehicle and got inside. Once our exchange ended, we each got in our vehicles and he drove in once direction and I drove off in the other. The time was now 5:17 PM. The whole yelling thing probably lasted about 60 seconds or less from the time we each got out of the cars to when we got back in. As soon as I got home, about 3.5 hours later, I typed this up.
I never left the cruising lane. I wasn't speeding or driving aggressively in any manner. He stayed in the passing lane the whole time until we pulled over into that side road. From the time he pulled out to when we made the turn, it couldn't have been more than a half of a mile. I don’t remember him ever actually stating he was a cop nor was there any proof shown to me besides the plate on the back of the car. I’m guessing that was his wife, but who knows. Say it’s his wife, now it's my word versus his word (assuming he's a real cop) and his “witness”? If I get this fine and take it to court, he's going to have to lie about everything and completely fabricate something that I did wrong. If he lies and she agrees, I'm sure I'll lose this one. Even if she doesn't testify, it'll be my word versus the lies of a cop. Again, I doubt I will win that.
I try not to make broad statements such as, "I hate cops." However, when the vast majority of my interactions with cops have been bad, both when they stop me AND when I turn to them for help, it's really hard not to make that generalization.