Pursuit Reincarnation Dog
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Melbourne VIC
AP Wins One and Loses One - A Fair Cop
Well, my run had to end and as of today my clean licence is no more.
Earlier this year I told a driver to turn off his high beam in traffic to which the return favour was road rage and aggressive chasing of myself in city traffic. The funny thing was this all occurred in plain view of two NSW Police in an unmarked Commodore. They chose to do nothing, instead deciding to visit my house in the early hours of the morning to say they clocked me doing an insane speed and were throwing numerous charges at me.
So, I wrote a letter to the Police outlining my concerns that the officers hadn't acted properly (watching instead of protecting), and for that matter neither had I although I had reasons for doing what I did.
To cut a long story short my solicitor today advised that after representations at the courts (since the Police chose to pursue the matters with no compromise) all matters were dismissed except a speeding fine which was in itself downgraded. I would have rather had that dismissed too, but it is a fair compromise and even where I sit some form of punishment was probably appropriate. Due to errors on our side in court proceedings we failed to get a no conviction decision but put that down to a lesson learnt for next time.
The reason I write this is you should always be honest, fair, and pursue your rights to have your opinions and views heard in a court of law. In this case common sense reigned and whilst it has cost me a fair amount of money I could have done the same for very little cost if I was living in the same city as the hearing. And as I write I still hold a valid licence, something I could not have said if I gave up and accepted the stance of the NSW Police.
Now, go get 'em!
BA'1.5' Pursuit 290
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