Last Fall I was driving cross country from Boston to Boulder and Back. I decided to buy a GPS receiver for my laptop and try out a couple of different mapping/routing programs to compare with my old standalone GPS navigation unit.
So, its about midnight and I'm driving through Davenport on I80, gas is getting low and the last gas station before the bridge to Illinois is closed. I take the exit to I88, a toll road and I get this bad feeling that there won't be any gas for another 50+ miles. So I check the software on my laptop, think it was the Microsoft one, streets and trips. It says there is a gas station just a mile or so off the very next exit.
I take the exit onto state road 92 and drive to where the software says there is a gas station. There ain't nuthin. Just green grass, not even a building or anything. Now, I'm freaking out that I'm in the middle of podunk nowhere with less than a gallon of gas left and no idea where to find a gas station. I'll never trust any navigation software about the location of gas stations again either.
According to all of the nav softwares on the laptop and even my portable unit, the town of Genesso is about 6-7 miles away. I don't have a clue how big Genesso is, if it is even likely to have a 24-hour gas station or if it is one of those population 15 type towns. But I don't seem to have many other options. So I head off in the direction of Genesso.
I'm driving down this long straight two lane rcountry road with nothing on it. It's begging to be driven fast, but I'm trying to save gas, when all of a sudden my V1 goes nuts. At this point, I'm thinking GREAT! Who says there's never a cop around when you need one? I'll just pull up to this guy and ask him where the nearest gas station is.
But I keep driving for like 3 more miles, all the time the V1 is maxed out, I muted it but the LEDs show the K-band signal is at full blast. Finally, I come up to a 7-11 with gas, and of course IT'S CLOSED TOO! But my V1 says the cop is around here somewhere, and there ain't any other buildings in sight, so I pull into the parking log and find his SUV parked at the far end of the parking lot underneath a tree, all lights off.
I drive right up to him, driver's window to driver's window. Nothing. He doesn't do anything, no movement from the SUV at all - no lights come on, no window rolls down and certainly no door opens up. But I'm sure this is the guy, my V1's arrows have tracked him as the radar source and the SUV has got police markings on it.
So I whip out my super-bright custom built Lionheart LED flashlight (courtesy of the guys over at candlepowerforums) and shine it in the driver's window of the SUV. This little flashlight is very bright, you don't want to look directly at it because it hurts. So I'm shining the light right at the officer and he's sitting there with his head leaned back on the headrest, mouth hanging open, snoring away! So I wiggle the light back and forth to make a strobe effect and still no reaction.
At this point I figure that if a blindingly bright strobe light won't wake the guy, I'd have to start knocking on his window. And who knows what he might do being caught in such a compromising position. I'm pretty sure that sleeping on duty would be against department policy, it might even be illegal. So I say to hell with it, pull out of the parking lot and keep heading on into Genesso.
Well, I was lucky in that Genesso was big enough to have a couple of 24-hour gas stations on the far side of town and after another 15 minutes of wishing that I had renewed my AAA membership, I finally found the gas and was able to head back to I88. On the way back, probably a full half hour later, I passed the spot and the cop was gone. Somebody or something must have woken him up.
So, I think this may be the first time that a radar detector has been used to catch a cop in a violation. He's lucky he got off without even a warning!