Salome Justice Court
310 Salome Road
Salome, AZ 85348
Ph: (928) 859-3871
Fax: (928) 859-3709
Re: Complaint #38223
I intend to plead "not guilty" to this complaint and am requesting either a hearing or that the charge be dismissed.
I was driving eastbound on I-10 at approximately 11:20pm on 6/11/11 at the legal speed limit when an unknown vehicle began to follow me in my blind spot. The vehicle stayed in my blind spot for an extended period of time which started to make me nervous. I slowed down a little to let the car pass, but when I slowed down, they slowed down also. I sped up a little, and they sped up also. I kept looking over my shoulder to try to figure out why this vehicle was stalking and harassing me. It seemed very suspicious. In the process of nervously looking over my shoulder trying to identify who had been purposely cruising in my blind spot for the last few minutes, my wheels touched the bumpy portion of the white line to the right of the slow lane in which I was traveling. This line separates the slow lane from the shoulder.
At this point, lights and siren instantly came on, and I pulled over, now knowing that it was a police car that had been stalking me (I had wondered if it was a police car but had no idea who it was that was doing this to me). The officer issued me a citation for "unsafe lane usage." I told him that I was driving just fine until he came along and stalked my blind spot which I considered very unsafe. He laughed at me and said, "Oh, so it's my fault that you touched the white line." I told him that it was his fault because it scared me that someone was cruising my blind spot for so long and wouldn't leave me alone. I had no idea who it was, which is why I kept looking over my shoulder, which resulted in me touching the white line. Everything was going fine before he came along. He caused the entire situation!
He told me that I must have been distracted or watching a video or something. I told him that I don't watch videos, and that I was listening to an audiobook of "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky and had both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. I then showed him the audiobook. Everything was going great until he began stalking me!
I am requesting that the charge of "unsafe lane usage" be dismissed. If the charge is not dismissed, then I am requesting a court date to present my testimony to the judge and plead "not guilty" to this charge.
Steven L Anderson