“I knew I was going to get pulled, and I didn’t know why,” she said.
But as soon as the trooper looked through the window of her minivan, he politely apologized, Johnson said.
“He said, ‘My equipment indicated that you have a radar detector, but I see you have a satellite radio,’” she said.
Johnson’s Sirius satellite radio was a Christmas present from her son and his family.
Satellite radios hit the market about four years ago and are rapidly growing in popularity. Sirius boasts more than 1.1 million customers while its chief competitor, XM, has more than 3 million.
Apparently, Johnson’s radio set off the trooper’s “radar detector detector,” a device used by police to sniff out illegal radar detectors, Johnson said.