Friday, February 24, 2006

Driving through Mississippi 101

On our way home from New Orleans we had the pleasure of driving through Mississippi. Shortly after we entered the state we were pulled over. The reason...apparently I swerved. I know I didn't swerve, maybe wavered a bit, but I didn't go over the lines. I didn't argue. He asked me to step out of the car and took me to the back and asked:
Where we were coming from? "New Orleans".
Who's the guy with you? "My partner".
Have you been drinking? No.
Have you been doing drugs? No, just cold medicine, I think I might have pnuemonia, (condsidering the way my lungs hurt).
If I search your car will I find anything? No
I'll be alot easier on you if you tell the truth.
Do you have a large amount of cash on you? No not really.
How much? About $250. bucks to get us home on.
Any drugs? No
Any paraphanalia? Um.....yes.

We had just bought a couple of one hitters and rolling papers as gifts for friends while we were in New Orleans.

He asked to search the car. I don't know my rights in MS, but I knew we had no drugs and figured that he'd just postpone us more and get a search warrent if I said no. So I agreed to the search. Our car was packed to the titts and he went through practically everything. He was nice enough to at least put most everything back.

He confiscated our paraphanalia and also both of Scooby's tobacco pipes, and his antique pipe lighter all of which he inherited from his grandfather. Told us that he was going to let us off this time. Apparently paraphanalia is a 1,000 fine per person in MS. Also told us if he ever pulls us over again that he'll take us in next time.

After we were let go, we ended up seeing several out of state vehicles pulled over and being searched. Scary.... From now on we won't have paraphanalia of any kind on us.

Needless to say I will never spend a fucking dime in the state of Mississippi again. It takes a full tank of gas to drive the entire state, so I'll make sure to fill up before we cross the state line. I really wish there was a way to get to NOLA with out even going into MS, but its too far out of our way.

I told this story to a friend of ours from Louisianna and they said luckily they didn't have to come bail us out of one of those "INFAMOUS MISSISSIPPI DETENTION CENTERS".

I had no clue the state was like this. Obviously Hollywood does a "right on the mark" portayal of southern cops.

"What we have here is a failure to communicate" Cool Hand Luke


Scotty said...

That kind of crap makes my blood boil but I know it is true. I had an = sign on the back of my car and I got pulled over for going 57 in a 55 (I am not kidding) and the sharrif berated me. My Partner got pulled over AND ticketed for going 64 in a 55. I took the sticker off and we never get pulled over now.

THIS in the lovely state of Indiana!

Homer said...

Small town cops- nasty.