I had a very poor experience today while driving to the mall. I ended up taking a jug handle. There was a LEO at the light going straight while I was coming around the jug, so I suspect he was in front of me the whole time.
As I pulled around directly behind him at the red light, I say to myself "wow looks like he has his radar off", and about 2 seconds later, I get a 3-signal 34.7 alert. I followed him into the mall to confirm that he was the radar user. It was alerting the whole time I was behind him jumping between 4 and 9 signal strength counts, and disappeared as the he turned the other way. It was pretty clear he had his front antenna on as I was not getting full-blast strength as I was following him into the mall (which I would expect).
The only problem here is the 3 second delay as I pulled up behind him. Now the only logical conclusion I can come up with here is that he just happened to flip it on after I pulled up behind him at the red light, but it doesn't seem practical as he was just going into the mall complex- why use I/O?
While I understand this was off-axis, the STi practically would pick this up from ways away, and even a Cobra would most likely pick up the signal right as I got behind him. Any ideas on what the hell happened here?