Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'm a pretty conservative person and generally support our law enforcement personnel. Of course there are bad people in any profession but I was amazed the prosecutor, police chief and judge all played a role in condoning the ridiculous actions of these two cops. These guys really stepped over the line. If you don't have anything on a guy, just man up and move on! Excellent video below tells the true story.
The preceding thanks to the National Motorists Association. You can join them for free by clicking the link. Help support citizen's rights.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
ST. GEORGE — A Japanese tourist confused about what to do when police lights came on behind her prompted a chase by the Utah Highway Patrol Sunday.
The car had just crossed the border into Utah going only 37 miles per hour on I-15 when Lt. Brad Horne, commander of Utah's DUI squad, noticed it was wandering out of its lane. He suspected the driver was intoxicated and attempted to pull the car over, but the car sped up instead of stopping.
"They did not have a clue what they were supposed to do when there were red and blue lights behind them," he said.
The driver would alternately slow down and speed up while the patrol car followed, with speeds ranging between 40 and 75 miles per hour. The chase lasted about seven miles, according to Horne.
“The vehicle was all over the road — on the shoulder, in between the two lanes — and the vehicle didn’t stop,” he said.
Horne had his DUI squad with him in the area for the weekend, so troopers shut down both lanes of I-15 for a few minutes to conduct a felony stop and take the people out of the vehicle.
“The vehicle didn’t respond to lights or sirens and at that point since there were so many of our extra officers in that area, they were able to put the spikes out and we spiked three of the vehicle's tires,” he said.
After the car was stopped, a Japanese couple and their 7-year-old son were brought out of the car at gunpoint.
“That’s when we realized there was probably something wrong, because they could not follow any simple instructions or directions in that process,” Horne said.
He said it became apparent very quickly that it was a situation where there was a language and cultural barrier. The occupants of the car could not speak any English, so UHP contacted an officer in another area who could speak Japanese and act as an interpreter.
The couple and their son had arrived in California that morning from Japan and rented a car to drive to Bryce Canyon.
Horne said there didn't seem to be any intent to evade officers — the driver simply didn't know what to do in that type of situation. UHP could have charged them with felony evading, but based on the circumstances does not intend to do so.
Troopers helped the family get their car to a safe place and find a motel room where they could stay for the night.
Horne said it was an unusual case and that he wasn't sure if the driver was tired, or if any other factor played a role in the woman's erratic driving. The occupants weren't able to provide a driver's license to show officers, but Hertz requires a license to rent a car.
“It was a difficult situation, one that was unfortunate, but no one was hurt or injured," he said. "Obviously, if you’re going to drive here in America and Utah you probably ought to know something about our laws.”
Horne said local troopers told him they sometimes stop tourists, but that they have never encountered any problems on this level because usually the red and blue lights are universally understood.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
|BURGERT BROTHERS COLLECTION|
The RV (recreational vehicle) industry had its beginnings in the 1920s, shortly after the advent of the automobile industry, when a number of companies began manufacturing house trailers or trailer coaches, as they were then called. An early attempt at a self-contained RV featuring all the amenities of home is pictured in Tampa in the 1923 “then” photo, apparently built on a Ford Model TT truck chassis.
|TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO|
Saturday, February 22, 2014
While in high school, I had a job pumping gas at a Clark filling station. I wasn’t yet 18 years old when I graduated in the spring of 1970 and started working third shift full time afterwards.
A guy by the name of Dick worked part-time third shift on weekends. He was in his 30’s, married and had a full time job as a semi-truck driver during the week. Due to my working third shift Sunday through Thursday nights, I kept pretty much the same sleep schedule on weekends. Spending considerable time hanging out at the station when he was working, we became good friends. He was a great guy with a good sense of humor and became almost like a father figure to me, giving me a lot of good advice about life and how to handle myself growing up.
Dick worked hard and played hard. The reason he had the part-time job was for extra money that he could buy his toys with. One Friday night he came for the start of his 10 PM shift driving a brand new 1970 dark green Pontiac GTO! It had the 400 cubic inch V8 and four speed transmission in it. It was a great looking car with hood scoops and rally wheels, I think it also had a Hurst shifter in it.
Back in those days, we didn't know many people that could buy a brand new car and this was quite a shock, Dick was the center of attention for awhile with his muscle car.
A few weeks later I was at the station one Saturday night hanging out. It got to be about 1AM in the morning and said to Dick that I was going to go out and pick up a sandwich at a Suburpia sub shop before they closed. I asked him if he wanted me to pick him up one and he said “sure”. He reached in his pocket to take out some money and handed it to me along with his car keys! “Go ahead and take my car”, he said as I stood there dumbfounded. I couldn't believe he would let me drive his pride and joy (especially without him in it) and thought he was joking at first. I stammered something saying thanks and told him I would drive it safely.
So I nervously went out and got into his car. I started the motor and concentrated so hard to let the clutch out easy so I wouldn't look like a fool and stall the engine. That trip to the sub shop was sure a memorable one. I remember the car feeling so powerful on the freeway. Barely moving the throttle the car would effortlessly accelerate. I downshifted into third gear and mashed the gas peddle and it rocketed to over 90 MPH seemingly in an instant.
I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the first year the GTO had “variable ratio” power steering and a rear anti-roll bar and I remember noticing how well it steered and handled. It was quite unlike the 1968 Plymouth GTX that I had an opportunity to drive and did a story on.
I was so grateful he let me drive his car car that I didn't dare abuse it by burning rubber or driving carelessly but I did get on the throttle a few times and was able to feel the power. The new car smell, sound and power, I'm sure, were contributing factors convincing me to spend a heck of a lot of money on cars for most of my life! What a cool experience and one I will never forget. In fact, that was the first time I had ever driven a “new” car (barely broken in) and it was a 1970 Pontiac GTO! How cool is that for a gas pump jockey just barely out of high school making about $2.00 per hour?
And more than a decade later, I chose professional truck driving as a second career, and am still at it, after more than 30 years.
What happened to Dick? A while later, the company he drove semi-truck for went bankrupt and he lost his full time job. He was tired of driving anyway and ended up getting a job waiting tables at an upscale restaurant. We all felt sorry for him. But, as I said, Dick worked hard and played hard. Within an amazingly short period of time he ended up managing the place!
You can watch an automatic being put through it's paces on the YouTube video below.
Links to some of my other car posts:
My three Camaros - One good, one bad and one great!
My first Corvette
My Hemi Chrysler
Tribute to Junkyard Hans
My 1965 Buick GS 400
Awesome Ridealong - Richard Petty Driving Experience
My second Corvette
My 1993 Camaro Z28