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Illegal driver avoids ticket - 9048 ZP

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McHenry County, Illinois

Illegal driver avoids ticket - 9048 ZP

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
December 11, 2012


Red Ford Ranger


The last time I had a driver ticketed for a stunt like this, prosecution began collapsing when I first reported it to Woodstock P.D. So I saved myself some time and a trip to the courthouse today, when this driver passed me.

I first noticed this vehicle (red Ford pick-up, Illinois license 9048 ZP) in Crystal Lake, when he zipped up the outside lane on U.S. 14, just west of IL 176 this morning just before 10:30AM. He was passing a string of slower-moving cars and nosed into the inside lane at the lane drop. Then he began tailgating me in the 35MPH zone before the light at Ridgefield.

The tailgating continued in the 40MPH and 50MPH zone and past MCC. Ongoing traffic kept the driver from passing me in passing zones, even though I was maintaining the speed limit. He followed me closely at several points and appeared to be looking for a passing opportunity.

Then, just west of Lily Pond Road, the driver took advantage of a gap in eastbound traffic and cruised around me. No matter the brightly-painted lines for the no-passing zone.

He caught a red light at Doty Road, where I could confirm his license plate. Then again on Lake Avenue at Route 47, where I got a good look at the driver. I wondered, if I sicced the Woodstock cops on him, would they find him to be an illegal alien and then impound his vehicle and jail him, resulting in an ICE hold and risk of deportation? Oh, what the heck. Feliz Navidad, SeƱor.



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