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Gladys Knight Sings During Traffic Stop

Her pal didn't get speeding ticket after singer belted out song to Utah cop

(Newser) - A Utah police officer who pulled over a car carrying iconic soul singer Gladys Knight was treated to an impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday" Wednesday night. Knight was a passenger in the car stopped for speeding in the town about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Pleasant Grove... More »

Cops Pull Over Drivers, Hand Out $100 Bills

Motorists in Monroe County, Ga., are moved to tears

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies in a central Georgia county have been surprising motorists, some of whom expect a ticket. Instead, they've gotten $100 bills. The Macon Telegraph reports that Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick gave officers 54 $100 bills to hand out randomly over three days during the past... More »

Man Allegedly Tries to Snort Coke During Traffic Stop

'Are you kidding?'

(Newser) - "Are you kidding? You're about to snort coke on the side of the road?" A routine traffic stop on Tuesday in Seattle ended with one poor police officer getting increasingly incredulous after the 73-year-old man he pulled over allegedly tried to snort some coke in the middle of... More »

Google Self-Driving Car Stopped for Going Too Slow

But it did avoid a ticket

(Newser) - Apparently Google's self-driving cars have yet to learn how to evade cops. One of its bubble-shaped autonomous vehicles was pulled over during a traffic stop in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, though it managed to avoid a ticket, reports NBC News . An officer spotted the vehicle traveling 24mph in... More »

Phoenix Cop Shot Multiple Times at Traffic Stop

But he's expected to survive

(Newser) - A police officer in Phoenix is in serious condition after being shot multiple times during a late-night traffic stop, reports ABC 15 . The unidentified officer is expected to survive, says a police sergeant, per CNN . The shooter or shooters remain at large, though police found the vehicle involved in the... More »

Police Report, Video of Sam DuBose's Death Don't Sync

Officer Ray Tensing's body cam suggests he wasn't dragged

(Newser) - Video has been released from the body camera of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, and it doesn't square with the official police report. The officer, 25, allegedly pulled over unarmed 43-year-old Sam DuBose for a missing license plate on July 19, and after spending less than two... More »

'He Purposely Killed Him': Cop Indicted in Ohio Death

White officer shot unarmed black man during traffic stop

(Newser) - A white University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on murder charges after he fatally shot an unarmed black man in the head during a traffic stop, reports the Guardian . Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters didn't hold back in his criticism of accused officer Ray Tensing, reports Cincinnati.... More »

Video: Cop Tells Sandra Bland, 'I Will Light You Up'

Dashcam video shows tense arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas have released the dashcam video of the arrest of Sandra Bland , and it reveals an increasingly hostile encounter between her and trooper Brian Encinia, reports NBC and the New York Times . After an initial exchange, Encinia tells Bland she seems irritated and she answers, "I am.... More »

Felony Charges Dropped After Traffic Stop Goes Viral

Student who waited to pull over in well-lit area was accused of fleeing

(Newser) - Some national attention may have helped the case of a Detroit motorist who faced felony charges over an apparent misunderstanding during a traffic stop. Charges of fleeing an officer were dropped today against 24-year-old DaJuawn Wallace after his predicament began gaining widespread coverage, reports the Detroit Free Press . Back in... More »

Ferguson Traffic Stops Target Blacks: DoJ Report

Findings expected to show rampant discrimination that fomented tension

(Newser) - Black drivers in Ferguson, Mo., are pulled over much more for traffic stops than white drivers—and this imbalance is the crux of a forthcoming and damning Justice Department report, the New York Times reports. The nearly finished findings, according to law enforcement officials who say they've been briefed... More »

Officer Saves Choking Woman Who Ran Red Light

He performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged sausage and biscuit

(Newser) - It's not every day people are thankful for being pulled over for running a red light, but for one woman choking on a sausage biscuit, the stop likely saved her life. Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates, meanwhile, says he was just doing his job. After he pulled the... More »

Man Flees From Police, Runs Into Police Academy

Roger Wayne Beasley Jr. faces multiple charges

(Newser) - It’s a classic case of "out of the frying pan and into the fire." Roger Wayne Beasley Jr., 30, was driving around Wednesday in Biloxi when a cop recognized him and remembered one very important thing—Beasley didn’t have a license, the police chief tells Mississippi'... More »

Fake Cop Pulls Over Real One

Detective pulls him over right back

(Newser) - The problem with impersonating a cop is that at some point you might run into a real one. Florida Detective Justin "Chance" Anderson was driving an unmarked car Monday when a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor he'd passed turned on its red-and-blue flashers. Anderson obligingly pulled over.... More »

Cop Jumps Off Bridge to Avoid Being Hit by Own Car

Officer in hospital after run-in with alleged drunk driver

(Newser) - When Kenneth Lewis and his partner made a routine traffic stop on a Texas bridge on Friday, they had no idea that the real danger would come from other cars behind them—including their own. Dash cam video obtained by KHOU shows the officers' patrol car barreling toward them, forcing... More »

Traffic Stop Leads to College Drug Ring's Collapse

Arizona cop smelled pot, found ecstasy

(Newser) - When a trooper pulled over 20-year-old Andrew Gajkowski in December, the officer was only planning on giving him a ticket for driving solo in the HOV lane. But then he smelled marijuana wafting out of the window, and searched the car. Even then, what he found was unexpected: A bag... More »

Fla. Cops Give Xmas Speeders Tickets—and Gifts

In Melbourne, FL, speeding tickets came with lotto tickets yesterday

(Newser) - Sir, I'm going to need to give you a ticket … a lotto ticket, that is. In an attempt to add some cheer to the presumably fairly miserable job of pulling people over on Christmas, police in Melbourne, Fla., were handing out scratch-off tickets to the people they stopped... More »

Texas Cop Charged in Rape of Woman He Pulled Over

Jackie Len Neal told victim she was in a stolen car

(Newser) - A San Antonio police officer has been charged with the rape of a 19-year-old woman he pulled over at 2am Friday. Officer Jackie Len Neal, 40, told the woman she was driving a stolen vehicle, according to an affidavit. Neal asked the woman to step out for a pat-down; she... More »

Mississippi Police Hold Suspected Impersonator

He has not been charged

(Newser) - Police in Mississippi have taken into a custody a man suspected of posing as a police officer in the wake of two fatal shootings , report WLBT3 and WJTV12 of Jackson. Police detained a 45-year-old Yazoo City man after two more motorists reported being pulled over last night. Both drivers got... More »

Real-Life Batman in Traffic Stop Unveiled

Lenny Robinson is a superhero of sorts himself

(Newser) - When Maryland cops pulled over Batman on a traffic stop last week , photos of the incident quickly went viral. So who was the grown man decked out head to toe in Batman gear and driving a black Lamborghini with Batman tags instead of plates? It turns out to be a... More »

Amish Teen Takes Cops on Buggy Chase

Police say he was drinking a beer

(Newser) - You shouldn't drink and drive—no matter what kind of horsepower you're riding. A 17-year-old Amish boy driving a buggy in upstate New York led deputies on a short chase after they saw him with an open can of beer, reports the Buffalo News . Once stopped, deputies say... More »

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