It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission, the old adage says. Sometimes, though, it isn’t. One motorist learned that lesson the hard way. After getting pulled over for going 120 miles per hour, he had the gumption to ask the cop if he could get off with a warning instead of a ticket. That’s didn’t go over well.
Trooper Nick Klingkammer, driving his unmarked @FordMustang, pulled this car over for 1️⃣2️⃣0️⃣mph on I-69 near Fishers tonight 😳
Driver asked for a warning🤦♂️
— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) June 26, 2018
Instead the Indiana State Police officer hauled the driver off to jail. The man had been driving 120 in a 60 mph. He was also in a construction zone. So he had good reason to want a warning.
About time, hold these folks accountable, finally the trooper and law enforcing stupidity. Thx to all,
— rb (@rb31583728) June 27, 2018
Communications officer Sgt. John Perrine wrote about the encounter on Twitter. He seems to have a decent sense of humor, as he explained the event with the help of some emojis and the appropriate hashtag #DontDriveLikeAKnucklehead.
Winning me over one tweet at a time! Great job Trooper. Please stay safe out there. Lots of nuts driving nowadays.
— Joey Lowe (@JoeyaLowe) June 27, 2018
“Trooper Nick Klingkammer was on patrol in his unmarked Ford Mustang when he spotted the scofflaw flying down I-69 in an Infiniti Q60 sports coupe,” Fox writes.
As a construction worker thanks for what u did
— Brian (@Brian21404545) June 27, 2018
“The Indiana State Police has a fleet of undercover Ford Mustangs like this one, which was involved in a separate law enforcement action.”
Not all of the reaction was positive.
Great another persons life ruined because of the money hungry police department… you could have given him a ticket with a court appearance, but instead went over the top to arrest him. People make mistakes the IPD had no heart. Quit ruining our lives
— #ClassicDJ (@DJDillon8) June 26, 2018
The driver asked for some leniency, though, and Klingkammer took him to jail.
i got a 180 dollar 6 point ticket for rolling a stop sign maybe going through 2 mph with no cars around, and i didnt ask for a warning should i have? also it was the first time i ever been pulled over about 2 weeks ago
— SAM (@samfree_) June 26, 2018
The penalty the driver is facing is intense in its own right. He could be sentenced to as many 365 days in jail. He could also face a fine of $5,000. Perhaps he’ll be given some credit for time served.
“Can I get a warning?” pic.twitter.com/qNrVfBQXLf
— Scott 🇺🇸🦅 (@scottgrames) June 26, 2018