So last night, we decided to go to the drive-in movie, since it would most likely be the only time we'd be able to go this season. The movie which I refuse to give any credit to online was a HUGE disappointment. But the real excitement didn't start until the movie was over.
We needed some gas, so stopped at one of the few stations still open at that time of night. There were several other customers, including several law enforcement patrol cars. As I was finishing up with the gas, one of the patrol cars that had just left the premises turned back into the lot and directly behind us.
I cheerfully greeted the officer, since I have many friends in law enforcement. He asked if we were coming from up north. I said, no, we lived in a more southern town and had come for the movie. I then asked if they'd had some problems. He replied that there had been an incident in a canyon to the north of us involving a vehicle closely resembling ours. We have stickers on the back of our car that indicate our school mascot, so the officer thanked me for my time and pulled to the side, where he opened his computer as he watched us drive away.
I didn't think much more about it until we got to the next town. We were in the middle of town when I saw a set of red and blue lights in my rear-view mirror. I pulled over, realizing what was happening. I had forgotten my license, but with my SSN and our vehicle registration the officer told us he just had to check, but that we would not be detained very long. A few minutes later, he came back and said the vehicle in question even had plate numbers similar to ours, and that the driver sort of matched my description! He said he was sure it wasn't us, but the Sheriff deputy would be there in a second and needed to talk to us.
Mere seconds later, the deputy pulled up. He walked to the window, peered in and with a half-grin, said, "No, I don't think you're guilty." He said the other vehicle was a darker color, but I think too, that I didn't fit the suspect's physical profile as much either. I said, "Well, if the other one is darker, could you radio ahead so we don't get stopped in the next three towns?" He replied that he would make sure they knew we were coming!
Our kids thought it would be cool to see just how many times we could be pulled over before we got home, but we felt we had already had a good enough laugh, and since it was late, we would prefer to just get home quickly.