A man cited for two traffic violations not only told police that he would not pay the citations, but also added that he planned to hire an attorney to get them fired.
The incident began when an officer at the intersection of North Elm Street and Washington Street noticed as he made a turn that the occupants of a Ford Explorer looked at him very intently as he made the turn. The officer said in his report that he kept watching, and noted that the vehicle backed up and turned into the parking lot near Commerce Spinal Center, on Maysville Road.
The officer turned to investigate, he said, at which time the Explorer accelerated. The officer caught up with it on Washington Street and followed it as it turned left onto Jefferson Road without signaling, turned right on Clayton Street without signaling and turned right onto Parkview without signaling, its occupants frequently turning to look back at the officer. There it came to a stop.
The officer encountered the driver, John Marvin Welch II, 2282 Adams Clark Road, Commerce, and noticed that his hands were trembling. When the officer asked about his nervousness, the report said Welch told him this was the “first time he was going to jail” and that he’d just gotten his license and had never been stopped before.
A female passenger in the vehicle complained about the police stop, and Welch tried to calm her down, but he referred to the police department as a “bunch of dirty cops” who had no reason for stopping him.
The officer called for backup, and police handcuffed Welch, a move they attributed as a safety precaution.
Meanwhile, the woman accused the officer of making up laws, saying there are “no laws about backing up on a street.” The driver refused to answer questions posed by one of the officers, the report noted.
Both occupants consented to a search of the vehicle, which turned up no contraband. The officer issued a citation for improper backing and failure to signal a turn.
Welch did not take it well.
According to the incident report, he told police, “I hope all three of you are OK with losing your jobs for putting me in cuffs. I won’t be paying these citations, because I’ll be using the money on a lawyer to get your asses fired instead.”