Video: Speed trap hero jailed
HOUSTON, Texas - Authorities around the world are clamping down on drivers warning others of potential speed trapping. Earlier we reported how an alarming number of UK drivers are being fined for warning other drivers but in the US the clampdown extends to anybody - even pedestrians.
A woman in Houston, Texas, was arrested and jailed for 12 hours for holding up a sign warning drivers about a speed trap.
According to the UK's Daily Mail, Natalie Plummer was charged for jaywalking though she claimed police officers were merely angry that she had tipped off speeders.
Plummer was riding her bicycle when she spotted the cops and their trap who seemed to be targeting drivers at random and she recorded video on her cellphone.
Using a piece of a paper grocery sack, she wrote "SPEED TRAP!" in large letters to warn oncoming traffic. A squad car arrived and a cop grabbed her backpack off her shoulders and began rifling through it. According to the Mail, she was then arrested for "felony obstruction of justice" and told she would spend three to five years in jail.
At the station she was charged with a misdemeanour "walking in the road where a sidewalk is present" and spent 12 hours in a cell before getting bail.
Plummer said she wasn't obstructing justice and was on the pavement: "He (one of the cops) couldn't take me to jail for holding up this sign or he would have. So all he could do was make up something."
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