I had taken a cat that was roaming the streets (I didn't want him to get hit by a car) during our volleyball game at the WhiteHouse in Milwaukee.
So, when the officer asked me if I knew why I was being pulled over I replied quizzically, "Because I stole someone's cat?" To which the officer was taken aback and said, "Did you steal someone's cat?" as the black cat CC stared at him. I think there's a complete blog post about this in an earlier entry...
I took the same approach today when I realized I was going 40 in a 30 and a Big Lake copper whipped a Uey and flashed me down. I pulled over and motioned that I was going to go onto the side street - out of traffic. He must have appreciated this gesture.
I made no excuses and apologized to officer L. Olson. He told me he clocked me at 42 in a 30. I again apologized and said, "I'm trying to get to Buffalo to ride my horse, I think it's that way..." and I pointed West. There was a storm brewing in the sky in that direction.
The officer asked me if I lived here (um I have NY plates and handed you a NY license), but I wasn't going to turn smart assey as I could see my owning up to my actions was being taken favorably. So, I said, "No, I live in NY." (the only possible backfire is the Twins license plate frame on my back plate). He didn't question it. He said, "Yes, if you keep heading that way, you'll run into Buffalo. It looks like it's raining there..." He took my license and insurance and came back right away (This is always a good sign to those of you being pulled over). He said, "Thank you for moving over right away. I'm only going to give you a warning. Please pay closer attention to signs."
Thank you Big Lake Officer L. Olson. I know Elk River 5-0's aren't as forgiving :) - got a ticket for the same damn thing back in 1997.
Oh and I was NOT cute. I was going to the barn, hadn't washed my hair and had no make-up on. So it had nothing to do with looking even semi-cute ;). MOTB (moral of this blog) - Be respectful, take responsibility for your actions, apologize when you do something wrong, and for GOD Sake Don't CRY!