A Texas woman spent 12 hours in jail after she warned motorists of a speed trap.
Natalie Plummer was riding her bicycle home from the grocery store when she noticed that police were pulling people over. “I felt like he was just pulling random cars over,” she said.
So, Plummer scrawled “Speed Trap!!” on a paper grocery bag. “I was completely abiding by the law,” she opined. “I was simply warning citizens of a situation ahead.”
But the tactic upset Houston police. According to Plummer, one officer grabbed her backpack and began searching through it without consent. Allegedly, he told Plummer she was obstructing justice and would be incarcerated for three to five years. She was cuffed and taken to jail.
Eventually, Plummer was cited with “walking in the roadway where there is a sidewalk present.” A spokesperson from the Houston Police Department said she “was a danger” to others, and her actions constituted “an arrestable offense.”
However, she says she was never in the road. “He couldn’t take me to jail for holding up this sign or he would have. So all he could do was make up something fake about it,” she recounted.
In May, a judge near Orlando, Fla., ruled that it is Constitutional for citizens to warn of upcoming speed traps by flashing their headlights. The judge concluded the act is protected by the First Amendment.