I got a call from a young woman I know after she saw the “This takes my breath” post below. She said she had been travelling north on Highway 79 between Hermosa and Rapid City on Tuesday and had been harassed in exactly the same manner as the two unfortunate Californians.
The HP was on a crossing between the two double lanes of the famous Heartland Expressway (known drug corridor). My friend drives a red car that still has Colorado plates after a recent move back to the Black Hills. “Hmmm,” the quick mind of the HP hummed, “Colorado plates. Heading north. Red car. Be drugs in there.”
He pulled out and trailed her for a few miles, then pulled alongside, checking her out. She’s used to getting hit on, and thought that’s what was up. She slowed down. He slowed down. She resumed the speed limit. So did he. Then he pulled ahead and in front of her and slowed down. Then he pulled left again, let her pass and pulled in behind. This went on most of the way from Hermosa to Rapid. Finally he popped the lights.
‘You were swerving,” he said by way of explaining the stop. She was livid by this time. “I was trying to avoid getting rammed by a cop,” she said. The cop then got chatty, explaining the importance of his role inderdicting drugs, and asking her a series of questions about why she had the temerity to use the public roadway in a red car with Colorado plates. He mentioned that he had a dog to help him. He asked how she liked working in the Black Hills (she was on her way to work).
She says she told him, “I don’t want to talk to you. I don’t want to be your friend. I’m glad you have a dog. Now give me a ticket if you’re going to or let me go.” He gave her a warning for “lane driving.” She went on her way thanking the state of South Dakota for its diligence in protecting people from people like her.