Tennessee Court and Police Share Motorists' Bizarre Excuses for Speeding
What does it take to get yourself out of a speeding ticket in Murfreesboro, Tenn.? Unlike in San Antonio, where all it apparently takes is a credit card and access to the Web site texasticketfix.com (via Bob Ambrogi's LawSites), you're going to need a darn good excuse.
General Sessions Court Judge David Loughry told the Murfreesboro Post that the one reason he’ll accept in court is a "medical emergency when the driver or a close family member is critically ill," but that doesn't stop people from offering all kinds of bizarre excuses. From a recent article in the Post (via Legal Juice), here are some of the more bizarre excuses collected by Judge Loughry and local law enforcement officers, and their outcomes:
- From a woman stopped for speeding: “My colon has fallen in my vaginal canal.” The officer wrote her a ticket anyway, assuming she could bring medical proof from her OB/GYN to court if she wanted to contest the ticket. The woman paid the ticket without a hearing.
- From a man stopped for speeding: "I was going so fast is because I couldn’t see the speedometer. Sir, I had my head so far up my butt there’s no way I could possibly see how fast I was going.” The officer rewarded the "most original excuse I’ve heard in my 10 years as a traffic officer” with a warning and no ticket.
- Discussion with a man stopped for driving more than 100 mph on the highway:
Man: "I was trying to get my window to defog because I couldn’t see.
"Officer: "You’re going 100 mph because you couldn’t see?”
- Discussion with a man stopped for speeding:
Man:" My colonoscopy bag is leaking.”
Officer: “Prove it.”
Man: [Proves it].
Officer: "Have a nice night.
Read the full Top 10 here.
Posted by Bruce Carton on April 13, 2010 at 12:30 PM | Permalink
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