posted by Devils Advocate
He then came to me and asked for my license registration and insurance. I gave him all but my insurance because I keep that on my phone. After about 5 minutes he gets out his car all agitated and yells ARE YOU ARMED ( I have a CCP ) I said no and he proceeded to search and handcuff me and throw me in the back of his car.
Weird story. Couple of questions:
- Why don't you carry a hard copy of your insurance card in your wallet or glove compartment?
- Why didn't you tell them you had a weapon in the car?
- What was your wife's legal opinion about this?
Was this in Ohio? According to this link, in Ohio you're legally required to tell police you have a concealed firearm in your vehicle during an encounter with law enforcement. (p. 12).
Also, from what I've read, bicyclists are not restricted from using sidewalks, so I think they become "pedestrians" at that point. But sheesh, there should be some doctrine of reasonableness involved if they're barreling down the sidewalk at 20 mph and you have no idea they're about to cross in two seconds.
I had a kid in a moped hit my minivan head-on in a residential neighborhood about 15 years ago - he came out of his driveway looking the other way, went into my lane, and ended bouncing off my windshield. Never saw me until that last split-second. Get this: he was wearing a helmet and full leathers. His mother ran out and dragged him into the house by his ear, screaming at him. A bunch of neighbors came over to console me, they all said, "There was nothing you could have done" - and I got the out of there with nothing worse than a bad case of nerves and a busted license plate holder.