This is what happened to my girlfriend a few days ago, written in her own words. Any advice would be helpful:
As some of you may know, this week was the memorial at Arlington Cemetery for my cousin who passed away last year. I drove up to Baltimore to pick my parents up so I could be their chauffeur for the weekend. The trip to Baltimore from my house in Florida would be around 18 hours so I gave my self a day and half and planned to stay the night in South Carolina on my way.
Tuesday night just as I passed into South Carolina from Georgia an unmarked suburban type vehicle came up behind me with it's blue lights on. It's was around 10pm and dark so I turned my hazards on, slowed to half the speed limit and proceeded to the next exit to stop. I was just over a mile from the exit when he came up behind me. The car came up on me twice like he was going to hit me which scared the crap out of me so I called 911. They confirmed it was an officer and I requested to continue to the next exit, it was less than a mile away at this point and his actions had scared me.
When I got to the exit, the officer came up to my car very irate, ripped at the car door (if it was unlocked I think he would have yanked me out of my vehicle). He proceeded to arrest me because I did not stop a half a mile back when they confirmed he was an officer. I told him I proceeded to the exit because I did not feel safe and I told 911 my intentions.
He later also told me if I would not have called 911, he would have ran me off the road before I got to the exit. He said if I was in Georgia they would not have given me a warning and just run me off the road. He also later stated that if I would have pulled off he would have either given me a reduced ticket or just a warning. (he said he clocked me at 88 in a 70, however, I also dispute this. I had my cruise on 78 and had been with the same pack of vehicles since Georgia) I do not know how my requesting to continue to the next exit, a half a mile, escalated his judgement from giving my a warning to arresting me.
I spent the night in County jail, in an orange jumpsuit on a cold metal bunk bed. Not a pleasant experience. I face up to 3 years jail time if convicted of "failing to yield to a blue light". I will be fighting this both criminally and filing civilly for damages and costs.
I do not know anyone in South Carolina and I was hoping you may know a good attorney that I can interview for my case. Please feel free to forward this using your discretion. I appreciate any help,