Roscoe Police cars should read "To harass & To Ticket"
Posted in the Rockton Forum
#1 Sep 6, 2009
The winter of 08/09 was a tough winter. We experienced a lot of snow and ice. I remember watching the news on several occasions the news reporters telling people that if you slide off the road and if no one is injured to get to safety and call the police later. The reason for this was because the police officers are too busy responding to more serious accidents.
About 11:00 pm on 1-3-09 I decided to go to highlander to get a few groceries. The weather was so nice for a couple days that the 2 feet of snow we had melted. Its about 36 degrees and raining and the roads are clear. I got home about 12:30 am on 1-04-09.
At 1:00 am I decided to go to McDonalds for a mocha drink.
I was driving down love rd in roscoe il., between 25- 30 mph because its dark and raining. The speed limit is 45mph and I wasnít in a hurry to get to McDonalds. I drove about a mile down love road and all of the sudden I hit black ice. My truck went out of control. I started spinning and ended up going into the ditch. I have never been so scared in my life it happened so fast and when I hit that black ice, I had no control, all I could do was to hold on for dear life. The black ice could in no way be seen. I had no idea there was any ice at all on the roads. The roads were wet and the ice just looked like a wet road. I guess thatís why they call it black ice. I was so shaken up and scared to death being out there, stuck in the ditch at 1:00 in the morning and now I realize that I didnít have my cell phone on me. I left it at home when I dropped off the groceries.
I was able to drive my truck about 15 feet and almost made it out of the ditch, but could only make it to the edge of the road. I sat there for about 10 minutes not sure what I should do. I was scared I might be sitting there all night, I thought about walking to loves gas station, then I saw a car coming so I got out of my truck and waved the car down. It was a very nice young woman that stopped. I asked her if she had a cell phone so I could call for help, but she didnít have one and was nice enough to give me a ride home. continued:
#2 Sep 6, 2009
As soon as I got home I called my son Dustin, he has a friend that has a 4x4 and I was hoping they could get me out of the ditch. My son couldnít get a hold of his friend with the 4x4. My son and his boss came home and we sat at my table calling about a dozen different towing companies to get my truck pulled out of the ditch. We finally got a hold of Coachmanís towing and he said he would come tow my truck to mcquires collision which is only a mile down the road for 55.00. I was so shaken up that my son and his boss told me to stay home and my sons boss will drop my son off at my truck for the towing company.continued:
#3 Sep 6, 2009
My son got there after the tow man The tow man was angry for not telling him he needed a winch. Needless to say the tow man and my son had a few unpleasant words. The tow man should bring everything he needs on every call so he donít have that problem. This tow man was angry and left my son sitting there in the middle of no where and now it is about 2:00 am, still raining and getting colder.
My son called me at home and asked me if I could come and pick him up. He explained the situation to me about the tow man, so I got in my car to pick him up. I was still shaken up from the truck accident and was pretty scared to drive down loves road so I called my son to ask him if he can walk up to Rockton rd, My son told me that the road was only icy where my truck lost control so I should be ok, he said he was cold because its still raining and only 32 degrees out now. So I turned down Loves road to pick up my son then turned around to go home. Just in that couple of minutes of driving down loves rd and turning around the roads froze. I was about 100 feet from Rockton rd and my car stopped. The road had turned so icy I couldnít make it up the hill thatís at the end of loves rd. My car wouldnít move, every time I gave it a little gas my car would start sliding sideways into the other lane. By this time I was about 2 feet into the other lane, I couldnít move my car. I was terrified that a car might come down Rockton rd and turn onto loves rd towards me. I was so frightened that if they did, they wouldnít be able to stop and would crash into me.
#4 Sep 6, 2009
I called 911 it was about 3:00 am now. I told the 911 dispatcher that I was stuck in the middle of the road because of ice. I also told her that I was terrified of someone turning onto love rd because if they do, they wont be able to stop because the road is solid ice and they will crash right into me. She said she will get someone out to me. About 10 minuets later I saw a police car coming down Rockton road, I was thinking please donít turn onto this road. I knew if he did, he wouldnít be able to stop because of the ice. Then he turned down love road, heading right towards me. My son got out of the car to wave at the cop to come slow because he was sure the cop didnít realize it was as icy as it was. I yelled at my son to get back in the car, I felt for sure the police car was going to loose control and I was so scared he was going to hit me and my son was standing out side the car and would get ran over. I held onto my steering wheel in such fear because I saw that the cop was loosing control and he couldnít slow down, he was gaining speed the closer he got to me. For some miracle the police car sped by just missing my car by a couple of inches.
I immediately called 911 again and I told the dispatcher that she has to let the police know to stop the traffic from turning onto love road because the cop that came just about crashed into me. I explained again the road is pure ice, if someone turns down this road we are going to have a bad accident. While I was on the phone the second time to 911 the police car that almost hit me, drove down the road and turned around and pulled up behind me. There were two police officers in that car and they both came walking very carefully to my car. When they reached my car, their police car started sliding down the hill, The police officers skated as fast as they could to catch up to their car that was sliding down the hill out of control. Then the car came to a stop.
The police called for a salt truck that came and salted the road and after a few minuets one of the police officers came up to me and asked me what happened. I started to tell him about me going to McDonalds when my truck that was in the ditch down the road and he cut me off. He said oh so thatís your truck in the ditch, I said yes and once again started to explain to him about the ice and I was cut off again. He asked my son if he was driving my truck, My son said no and I tried again to tell the officer about me going to McDonalds, he cut me off again and asked me if I was drinking, I said not at all and asked him if he wanted me to blow in a breathalyzer. He said no. I was never able to tell this officer what happened because he wouldnít take 1 minute to listen to me.
This officer then went to talk to the other officers that were standing 25 feet in front of my car with the tow man. After about 30 minuets of talking that same police officer came back to my car and said, well this is what I think happened. I think Dustin was driving your truck and he wrecked it and you came out to pick him up. I told him he was wrong and tried again to tell the officer how this happened and he rudely cut me off once again before I could get one sentence out and walked away.
I think the tow truck man was in a grumpy mood and took it out on my son and lord knows what he told the police officers. Why would my son be rude to the tow man that is there to get my truck out of the ditch? I donít have any idea what the tow man told the police officers but now I know what ever it was, wasnít good. The police talked more to the tow man than me and Iím the only one that knows what happened when I slid off the road.
#5 Sep 6, 2009
A few minuets later the roscoe police officer came up to me and told me the tow man will pull my truck out now for 210.00, I said "what"?, I thought maybe I didnít hear him right and he said 210.00 again. I told the officer that the tow man told me 55.00 on the phone. The officer just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. I then got out of my car to talk to the tow man who was still in the conversation circle with the police. I asked him why he now wants 210.00 when he told me 55.00 on the phone. All he could say is I need something for my time and I just cant pull it out I need a winch. Well needless to say, I wasnít willing to pay that much, I would have paid more than the 55.00 he quoted me on the phone and the tow man could have made some money, but I wasnít going to pay quadruple the quote he told me.
My brother pulled my truck out in 2 seconds with his 4x4 five hours later for free. He didnít need any special equipment nor 210.00 and I was able to drive my truck to the body shop. I cant understand why a professional tow company couldnít pull it out of the ditch. It was only a foot off the road.
#6 Sep 6, 2009
All the other police officers left and just one roscoe officer stayed and asked me for my license and insurance card and told he would be back in a few minuets that he was going to write up an accident report for my truck insurance. He went to his car and it took over an hour before he came back to me with the accident report. When he came back to my car he gave me the accident report and then he proceeded to tell me he was going to give me 4 tickets too. I said for what? He said, illegal lane usage, going to fast for conditions, leaving the scene of an accident and for not reporting the accident. This just totally blows my mind. Now I have to wonder what was said in that 30 minuets that the tow man and the police officers were in their circle talking. Iím pretty sure Iím being punished because I wouldnít pay the highly inflated towing bill, so they decided to give me a bunch of tickets.
#7 Sep 6, 2009
1st ticket. Illegal lane usage.
Just wondering if that is for when I was stuck on the ice in the middle of the road when I called 911 to get help for it. The first police officers that arrived wasnít able to control their car. Why was I expected to control mine? They should be better drivers than me, yet I get the ticket?
2nd ticket. Driving to fast for conditions.
Just wondering just how fast the police officer knew I was going since he wasnít there? I know how fast I was going and that was 15 or more mph less that the speed limit only because is was dark and raining. There was no ice on the roads that I drove on before I hit the black ice. I was driving very carefully. I have a perfect driving record for a reason. When I hit the black ice that I didnít know was there, my truck was uncontrollable. The first officers to arrive also had that same problem when they almost ran into me. I know they didnít intend to speed by me as fast as they did when they almost hit me and I'm sure they didnt mean for their car to slide down the hill out of control.
3rd ticket. Leaving the scene of an accident.
I didnít know going into a ditch where no personal property other than my own was damaged was illegal and with the ice I had no idea how long I would have to sit there and I didnít feel safe staying there all night. I didnít have a cell phone to call for help. I cant believe that I would be expected to stay in my truck all night, freeze or possibly get mugged. Iím a woman, I was alone and sitting close to I-90. I had no idea I was expected to stay there and put my life in harm. I didnít know that sliding on black ice, putting my truck in a ditch and wrecking my property was a crime, nor did I know I was required by law to report this. What about the news stations broadcasting to get to safety and call the police later?
4th ticket. Not reporting the accident.
I did report the truck when the first officer came to my truck to ask me what happened. Thatís when I kept getting rudely cut off and he wouldnít let me finish one sentence. None of the officers that were there, heard what really happened. They just came to their own conclusions and the only person that was there who does know what happened is me. Those police officers donít know what happened because they never let me tell them. It sure is sad when a police officer can hand out 4 tickets with out knowing what happened. My lawyer told me I have 24 hours to report an accident where no one was hurt. I told the officer about my truck an hour later.
#8 Sep 6, 2009
I guess the moral to this story is donít call the police for any kind of help. I thought the police were here ďTo Protect and To Serveď, at least thatís what it says on the cars they drive and what I was raised to believe. Now I think those words should be changed to ďTo Harass and To Ticketď.
On 1-06-09 at 10:45 am I decided to call Coachmanís towing because I am wondering what the tow man said to cause the police to give me 4 tickets. The owner answered the phone and I asked who the guy was that came out to pull my truck out? He wouldnít give me his name. Then I asked him why I was quoted 55.00 to tow my truck and the tow man raised it to 210.00. He said our standard fee is 65.00, then his wife said in the back ground that she did say 55.00. Then the owner told me that they do impounds for Roscoe. Ahhhh, Now I understand why I got the tickets. Because the tow man didnít like my son and they had words, the tow man is the reason I got 4 tickets I didnít deserve. Now thatís a sweet bed.
Thank God, The states attorney and the Judge could see this was ridiculous, because all tickets were dismissed. I pled NOT GULTY and stood my ground. The states attorney hoped I would just pay the tickets and not mess with it. My mother raised me to stick up for my rights if Iím not in the wrong.(God rest her soul) I was not in the wrong. I will never back down and be harassed nor will I pay for tickets that I did not deserve.
So many people are handed out tickets right and left in this county. The police donít just give one ticket either. They think they have to wall paper people 3 or more tickets, just so you have to pay something. Its all just a money game. My advise to anyone who gets ridiculous tickets is do NOT just pay the ticket. Fight it. The police hopes you will pay the ticket so you wont have the hassle of court. The best thing we all can do to stop this ridiculous ticketing is fight every one. Demand a trial, bog the court system and hopefully then the cops will start handing out only tickets that are deserved. Its high time we citizens start sticking up for our rights and its high time we start fighting things that are wrong. Everytime we let someone run us over with out a fight, it just gives them more power to continue to run us over. We the people need to stop letting people like this run us over.
#9 Nov 7, 2012
#10 Nov 27, 2012
Small town cops usually have even smaller minds. Such is the case with the Roscoe police. The police here where I live (Madison) are required to have a Bachelor's degree as well pass a psychological examination. I'm certain the Roscoe police would not meet either criteria required. My parents (who have been law abiding and tax paying citizens) were recently hassled by the Roscoe P.D. for merely forgetting to put their new registration sticker on their license plate. Upon being pulled over, the roscoe police decided to call for back-up. Obviously this measure was necessary since both of my parents have nothing on their records. After two more squads arrived, the police shined their lights throught my parent's car and insisted that my father "was lying" about paying for a new registation sticker. I don't understand why my parents (whose taxes help pay police salaries) needed to be subjected to such harrasment for a simple oversight. All the police had to do was to merely use their computer to see if the registration had been updated. Instead, my father was called a liar and given a citation for not having a current registration sticker. All in all, the Roscoe police are an unnecessary burden to local tax payers. It seems as though they go out of their way to harass the very citizens who pay their salaries. I'd also like to mention that the Roscoe police killed our neighbor's puppy after it got loose. The puppy made its way to the Ledges stables and was "playing with the horses" as puppies will do. Apparently, this action was reason for some cowboy Roscoe cop to dump an entire clip into the dog. What on earth is wrong with these people?
#11 Nov 27, 2012
Roscoe pd isn't the ledges..it's Winnebago county. But you are right about the other. The chief is a royal bitch and loves her revenue
#12 Mar 2, 2014
...so says the registered aggravated sex offender.
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