On a sunny day last week, I was sitting in one of my oft-mentioned spots when a random dude in a pickup pulled alongside. He just sort of stared at me for a few seconds. Eventually, I said a polite “Good morning” to him. Because I’m a swell guy. This is how the rest of the conversation went…
Bud Inski (clever, I know): You’re outside your jurisdiction.
**He’s main bitch was that I was sitting in the fine city to the south of Town. True enough, I’ll grant him.**
MC: Excuse me?
Bud: You’re not in Town.
MC: True, but I’m still in the state of California, sir.
Bud: That doesn’t matter. You have no authority to write tickets while sitting there.
MC: The California Penal Code disagrees with you sir, but thanks for your opinion.
Bud: The Supreme Court has ruled that you can’t sit outside your jurisdiction. Expect a call from your District Attorney.
‘Ol Bud drove away to my disbelieving shake of the head. This isn’t the first interaction I’ve heard of with Bud. My partner has had similar experiences with this guy. Same attitude, same complaint.
I have no idea what case he seems to be referencing with regard to the Supreme Court. I stand by PC 830.1(a). This is the section that gives specific law enforcement entities police authority any place in the state. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been “outside my jurisdiction”, conducted a traffic stop and subsequently issued a citation. Be it en route to court, home, or just out and about. I’m not about to let a heinous violation slide because I happen to be outside of Town.
Like I said, technically, I was indeed sitting in South City. However, I was just outside the Town limit. I was monitoring speeders still inside Town limits before they entered South City. Is it a technicality in Bud’s mind? Probably. Do I care? Um…nope. I’m using Town traffic & engineering surveys, not South City’s.
I’m hoping to catch Bud one day speeding in Town and stopping him in South City. Ah, what a lovely day that’ll be. And you’ll all benefit as well, because you know damn well it’ll be blog-worthy!
By the way, I’m still waiting on that call from the D.A. Huh.