I had a bit of a nasty run-in with the law today. I was happily at work this morning, when I was told that a different branch needed my help, and I was to go to the other branch for the rest of the day. I was all too happy to comply, and I hopped in my car to go. As I was getting on the interstate there was an 18-wheeler in front of me and a cop car behind me. The semi was going really slowly on the entrance ramp, and I was worried about having to merge at 15 mph. Then the cop car behind me turns on his flashing lights. Honestly, my first reaction was one of joy and relief. The cop is looking out for us, I thought, he doesn't want us to get in an accident having to merge onto the interstate at 15 mph, and he is providing a little protection for us. I wish. My happy go lucky attitude quickly faded, when a glance in the rearview mirror revealed the officer pointing vigorously at the side of the road. Perhaps he wanted me to get out of the way so he could pull the semi over for merging too slowly? No, in fact he wanted to pull me over.
I had no where to go, I was toast. There I was a sitting duck with expired tags. By the time the ugly incident was over I had recieved Four (4) traffic tickets. Each one for $232. This is not good. My rap sheet includes No proof of ownership, No registration, No proof of insurance, and finally, the wrong address on my drivers liscence. Who knew it was a crime to have the wrong address on your drivers liscence? (further investigation reveals that Aubrey knew this)
In my defense, the car is registered, and we do have insurance. Full Coverage. And as of tonight, we will have proof of these things carried in the car at all times. So now I'm set to go to court on March 1. The officer said that as long as I took care of the problems, and showed up to court he would "help me out" with the charges. Maybe when I go to court I will take the opportunity to explain that as a Christian I am not under law but under grace. Jesus pays all our debts right?