If you have a GungHo Trooper story post it here. We might all learn a thing or two about how they think and operate. I'll share mine first.
About 9 months ago I was going up to Omaha to see my Eldest son, his wife, and my new grand-daughter. My parents were with us and I was driving a red Navigator. I dunno where you're from but in my neck of the woods red Navigators are very common in Texas, OK, Kansas and the likes.
I was going north on interstate 135 between Newton and McPherson. The posted speed is 70 mph. I was cruising about 85 mph. The road was weather perfect and the traffic was very light. Of course in Kansas you can see for miles.
As I approached an overpass my RX55 went BOZO...full tilt alert on Ka band for about 1 second. I hit the brakes but it was too late. The Kansas trooper was on top of me in the oncoming south bound lane. I was the first one he pulled the trigger on in probably 3 or 4 miles. So my BEL was no match for his instant on Ka Speed Hassler Special.
However he had one major problem. A recent snowstorm had deposited 2-3 feet of snow in the median. Add to that the fact that snowplows had stacked the snow up as high as 5 feet and he had an impposible barrier to cross.
I had been paying particular attention and knew there was no quick "cross over" for miles. The nearest exit and overpass to jump sides was about 3-4 miles back. I had no doubt he wouldn't even bother. So I hit the resume on the cruise and went right back to 85 mph.
First let me say that on this 400 mile trip I must have seen at least 4 or 5 red Navigators that were identical to the one I was driving. Second the officer lost sight of me almost immediately.
I drove 10 miles at 85 mph and figured he just went on. At mile 11 the RX55 "beeped" once a weak Ka signal. At that point my mother (Ma Barker) suggested I take the next exit. I was like "Mom you gotta be kidding. First off that Trooper is long gone. He hasn't established a visual with me for over 11 miles now. Secondly if...this is a BIG if ...IF he is pursuing me the worst thing I can do is try to ellude him. (Thus I dubbed her Ma Barker to the amusement of all in the SUV).
Honestly at that point I still was 100% confident the trooper I had encountered 11 miles previous was still headed south to the nearest Krispy Kream.
As I drove another 1/4 to 1/2 mile the RX55 beep 3 or 4 times and fell silent. This puzzled me. Ma Barker started in with her "I told you...I told ya to take that exit. That crazy sucker is coming after you." My response was "Ma get a grip. NO WAY" He would have had to drive 130 or 140 miles per hour for 11 to 12 miles to catch me in that distance. Why in the hell would he do that. Why would he REALLY endanger other motorists by travelling that speed to catch a guy that was doing a measly 15 mph over posted. The RX55 then started alerting a constant beep...beep...beep drone.
I looked in my rearview and about 1/2 mile back there he was, lights a flashin'. That crazy bastard must have been driving way way over 100 mph to catch me....the dangerous felon...the ultimate hazard to public safety...a guy driving 85 mph on a divided, controlled access interstate on a beautiful sunshiny day with LIGHT TRAFFIC.
I slowed to 73 and set the cruise. It took another 1/2 mile or so for him to catch up. The GungHo patrolman pulled up beside me and I never acknowledged his presense. He stepped on his brake, hipped behind me and I pulled over.
He informed me that he had clocked me at 84 then at 81 mph. I assume he clocked me at 84 but by the time he locked it in I was down to 81. I have no idea why he would even bother telling me he got me at 84. maybe he wanted me to think he was doing me a favor by writing me up at 81 instead of 84.
I simply shrugged my shoulders and asked "Where did you say you clocked me" He looked a little goofy when he responded "12 or 13 miles back." He added "I had to drive very fast to catch you. You must have never slowed down."
I said "12 miles?! No sir I haven't changed my speed in 2 or 3 hours now. Are you sure it was me? "
"Yes sir....red Navigator" he barked in a montone military voice. I said "Sir...I've seen 2 or 3 red Navigators in the past 100 miles or so on this highway"
He replied "I need your D.L. and insurance verification"
I submitted the D.L. but had no insurance verification because the Navigator had been purchased the day before. Yes yes I had full coverage. Actually the Navigator was "Ma Barker's" .
Anyway he wrote me up for no insurance and NOT speeding. I could not imagine that he would actually write me up for speeding since he lost sight of me for over 11 miles. It wasn't like I was driving a Lime Green Maseradi!
The thing that disturbs me most about this encounter is the idea that "Super Trooper" would endager the public...the same public he has sworn to protect...by driving in excess of 140 mph for 11 miles to stop a motorist for speeding 15 over the posted. That is F--ing nuts.