Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

Radar Gun Joke Brings Out The Police

Radar ‘joke’ leads to trouble for Jackson County pair.   Athens Banner-Herald.  Georgia.

Two Jackson County men who tried to stop an off-duty Athens-Clarke County police officer traveling on U.S. Highway 441 in Oconee County on Tuesday told officers they used a rolled up magazine to look like a radar device, and that they were “simply playing a joke,” according to an Oconee County sheriff’s report.

Unfortunately, they were lucky enough to aim their “radar gun” at an off duty policeman.  Clueless, the two men, ages 24 and 25, proceeded to ago after their prey. 

The off-duty officer said that when he passed the pickup parked on the roadside it “peeled out” after him with its headlights flashing. The men were mouthing the words “pull over,” according to an Athens-Clarke police report.

The policeman let them pass and radioed the sheriff ahead, who promptly was able to corner the errant pair. 

Police at the scene questioned the men and one said “he was sorry and that they were just driving back from Macon from installing a TV and they got bored, so they decided to try and stop some cars,” the officer wrote.

Ultimately, no charges were filed on the duo.  Likely instructed to put their rolled magazine away.   And get back in that spiffy and so unofficial  looking 1996 Ford Ranger pickup of theirs, and go back to work.