LAUREL, MD. (WUSA9) – Think about in case you have been in a automotive accident with a police officer. You might assume that the officer would change info with you identical to you’d with another driver. Chances are you’ll even assume that since you’re in a crash involving an officer, you’re in a protected state of affairs because the officer is aware of the regulation.
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Troye Bullock discovered himself on this actual state of affairs two months in the past.
The Clinton, Md. wasn’t completely happy, however he wasn’t apprehensive both, when his Lexus was hit on I-495 in Prince George’s County by a county police cruiser.
“His automotive type of spun out,” Bullock stated. “And his again bumper hit me, proper right here,” Bullock stated whereas pointing to wreck to his driver’s aspect door and entrance panel.
The driving force’s aspect injury was fixable.
“I’m considering sure, I obtained into an accident,” Bullock stated. “However it’s with a police officer so I’m good, proper?”
It turned out that he wasn’t good.
“The very first thing he says to me is what do you need to do?” Bullock stated. “I assume he stated how do I need to clear up this example.”
Confused, Bullock requested the Prince George’s County police officer to put in writing a report. That’s when he stated the officer handed him a small piece of pocket book paper with the phrase “accident” scribbled on it and what seemed to be some type of case quantity.
“And you already know my Spidey senses are tingling,” Bullock stated. “I’m like what’s happening with this officer?”
Bullock additionally requested the officer for his identify and badge quantity. He additionally began taking some notes.
“He in all probability thought I used to be a youthful man, with out that a lot schooling, and I might simply go together with no matter he stated as a result of he was a police,” Bullock stated.
Bullock, a 22-yr-previous graduate of Georgetown College, is the director of operations for an area non-revenue referred to as Good Tasks. After the officer left the scene of the accident, he determined to do some investigating of his personal.
Bullock stated he referred to as Prince George’s County Police to confirm all that info the officer gave him.
He requested a dispatcher concerning the case quantity – “This was an previous case quantity. False, previous, already existed, wasn’t my automotive,” Bullock stated.
So what concerning the badge quantity?
“Give him the badge quantity and he says, nah, that badge quantity doesn’t exist,” Bullock stated.
And what concerning the officer’s identify – Matthew Thomas. Based on the dispatcher, there wasn’t an officer with the identify both.
The dispatcher advised Bullock all the knowledge was bogus.
“Wow man. I used to be simply perplexed,” he stated.
However then Bullock remembered — he had secretly written down the officer’s license plate…