#77 and Unmarked Police Cars

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This is a chain e-mail that has some elements of fact in it . It first appeared in 2002. There is another version which uses the name Lisa in place of Lauren. 

Something worth remembering.

This is an actual true story and not one of those Internet
stories that are passed on and on. This actually happened
to one of my friend's daughter. Her daughter, Lauren, is 19
yrs. old and a sophomore in college. This happened to her
over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break.

It was the Saturday before New Year's and it was about 1 PM
in the afternoon. Lauren was driving from Winchester, Va.
to visit a friend in Warrenton, VA.

For those of you who are familiar with the area, she was
taking Rt. 50 East towards Middleburg and then was going
to cut over to I-66 via Rt. 17.

Those of you who aren't familiar with this area, Rt. 50
East is a main road (55 mph and two lanes each side with a
big median separating East/West lanes), but is somewhat
secluded, known for it's big horse farms and beautiful
country estates.

Lauren was actually following behind a state police car
shortly after she left Winchester and was going just
over 65 mph since she was following behind him. An UNMARKED
police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on.

My friend and her husband have 4 children (high school and
college age) and have always told them never to pull over
for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather
wait until they get to a gas station, etc.

So Lauren actually listened to her parents advice, and
promptly called #77 on her cell phone to tell the
dispatcher that she would not pull over right away.
She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there were 2
police cars, one u unmarked behind her and one marked in
front of her.

The dispatcher checked to confirm that there were 2 police
cars where she was. There wasn't and she was connected to
the policeman in front of her. He told her to keep driving,
remain calm and that he had back-up already on the way.

Ten minutes later, 4 police cars unmarked car behind her.
One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind.

They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the
ground ... the man was a convicted rapist and wanted for
other crimes.

Thank God Lauren listened to her parents!
She was shaken up, but fine.

I never knew that bit of advice about the #77, but
especially for a woman alone in a car, you should NEVER
pull over for an unmarked car in a secluded area. In fact,
even a marked car after dark should follow you to a
populated area. Apparently police (this is the good
part!!!!) have to respect your right to keep going to a
"safe" place. You obviously need to make some signals that
you acknowledge them (i.e., put on your hazard lights) or
call #77 like Lauren did.

So be safe and pass this on to your friends. Awareness is

There is a documented case of this happening, however the details in this version are more ULish rather than factual. The advice on using #77 is accurate, except that this doesn't work in some of the US states.

You can find more information here: http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/fakecop.htm

If you receive a message about this then please ignore it and don't pass it on as this only serves to propagate it.

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