Date/Time of Stop: Sat 11/10/12, between ~9 and 10pm
Case Chronology: 2nd of 4 cases
Nature of Stop: Lacking Probable Cause or Reasonable Suspicion that a crime was taking place, Sgt. Bruce Higbee of Evesham Township, NJ Police Department, initiated the stop after illegally running my license plate (and in doing so discovering details of the 1st case: Winslow Township, NJ, stop on 3/11/11).
I was traveling myself in my property, privately, in a safe manner, maintaining lane and rate of speed to at/about (but not exceeding) the posted speed limit, in the slow lane of Route 73 North in Marlton. I was mere feet away from pulling into the AMC Marlton 8 movie theatre parking lot, en route to picking up Michael from attending the movies with friends.
By the time of this stop, I had knowingly and purposely allowed to expire my contracts with the State – license, registration, insurance, inspection – choosing NOT to CONTRACT. I had plates from my last car on my current car, not registered to such. I was ordered out of the car, which I did (and informed was as) Under Duress. I explained my lack of contract(s) to the officer who performed the stop , and explained the nature of the driver license, stating that I was not “driving,” that I was exercising my right to freely and privately travel.
After 15-20 minutes of discussion (while handcuffed), I was informed I was being arrested and would be taken to Evesham PD. I advised Sgt. Higbee that my son was at the theatre (outside of it, actually, watching from a distance with his friends) and that I needed to ensure he got home safely. Per my instruction, Sgt. Higbee approached Michael and told him to call my mother on his (Michael’s) cell phone and arrange a ride home. I was NOT able to ensure Michael’s safe transport home and into familial custody prior to being stolen away.
I was taken to Evesham PD and issued citations. The signatures I gave were followed by “Under Duress.” I only received electronic/printed copies, no original/signed copies.
“VIOLATIONS” (of NJ Statute)
39:3-33 IMPROPER DISPLAY/UNCLEAR PLATES
39:6B-2 NO LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE ON MOTOR VEHICLE
39:3-10A DRIVING WITH AN EXPIRED LICENSE
39:3-4 DRIVING OR PARKING UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE
39:8-3 FAILURE TO HAVE INSPECTION
I was not allowed to confirm Michael’s safe arrival to my parents’ house until 1-2 hours after arriving at Evesham PD. My vehicle was towed. Sgt. Higb