Speed Trap Warning Sign Gets Woman Arrested

A makeshift sign used to warn drivers of a speed trap landed a Houston woman in jail last week.

Natalie Plummer was riding her bicycle home from the grocery store when she noticed several cars beng pulled over for speeding. Hoping to save a few drivers from a potentially pricey ticket, she turned one of her paper bags into a sign that warned of the waiting police ahead.

While she was doing so, an officer pulled up and arrested her.

“I was completely abiding by the law,” she told KRTK. “I was simply warning citizens of a situation ahead.”

The Houston police, however, were not amused by her tactics and arrested her for, believe it or not, “standing in the street where a sidewalk is present,” an offense that not only sounds ridiculous, but that Plummer also denies even doing.

“He couldn’t take me to jail for holding up this sign or he would have. So all he could do was make up something fake about it,” she said.

The officer also searched her backpack and threatened to arrest her for obstruction of justice, a much more serious charge, Plummer alleges.

She was held in jail for 12 hours until she posted bond and is scheduled to appear in court for her misdemeanor charge in the near future.

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1 Comment

  1. I have read about this incident and from what I understand the State of Texas has no case. Any decent lawyer will have the charges dropped because no laws were broken.
    When are we going to stop this game of charades – calling it “safety” when it is in fact simply REVENUE ENHANCEMENT. If the desired result really was “slowing people down for their safety”, then the lady actually ASSISTED them and should be thanked

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