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Comments for: Antique ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ cop car stopped by trooper

  • Romney did it with a Rambler.
     

    • Anonymous

      Obuma with a 
      Ford Pinto.

  • Ben Hutchins

    They’re concerned that he’s going to impersonate a time-traveling police officer.  That’s an even worse crime than the regular kind!

    • Anonymous

      Worse than that would be imatating Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane,hehe.

    • Anonymous

       Good one.  How about that cardboard cut-out of a police car near Jackman that a guy put next to the road?  More than one person has jammed on the brakes when seeing it.  It’s probably gone now, you can’t use cardboard to impersonate a cruiser.

      • Anonymous

        Its still there.. LOL! And, yes, we slowed right down when we crested that hill and saw that car sitting on the side of the road.

    • Anonymous

      The police should let him drive it around to area pharmacies. Even those idiots know not to mess with someone driving a cruiser decked ou like that.

    • Here’s a closer look at the impressive replicas. Footage from last year’s Wheels on the Waterfront in Bangor: http://www.bangorbytes.com/2011/09/just-good-ol-boys-yee-haw.html

  • Anonymous

     Just looking for the ole Duke boys!

  • Anonymous

    Contrast this story to the heroic effort of another State Police 
    Trooper Doug Cropper’s quick thinking in using his cruiser to stop a driver headed in the wrong direction on an interstate highway in the Portland area which most certainly prevented a crash and probably saved lives. From the sound of both stories one is concerned with saving lives the other seems more interested in ball busting. 

    • It’s illegal to impersonate a cop or an emergency vehicle; illegal is illegal. Maybe it’s not as ‘heroic’ as preventing a crash, but it is part of their job. To top it off the driver was stating that every one in town knew his car, but this officer didn’t, nor would someone traveling through. 

      On a personal note, I think the car is a riot…

      • Anonymous

        just for the record, until he turns on the lights and sirens it’s not impersonating a police vehicle. it’s perfectly legal to make antique replicas with working parts for shows, as long as you don’t use them to pull people over or other wise impersonate a police officer

        • Superuser23

          Which I thought was the case, I was about to look up the letter of the law on that before I made the same comment and faced possible Officer and Attorney wannabes telling me otherwise.

        • Anonymous

          See MRSA 29-A, Sect. 2054. It is illegal to have an emergency blue light, an emergency red light, or siren on your motor vehicle operating on a public way unless the vehicle is an emergency vehicle.

          • Key Word! —-Light

            If it aint on, there “IS” no Light!

          • Anonymous

            Key word “equipped.”

          • Anonymous

            Key words:  Common sense.

          • Key word Emergency Vehicle!

            Any Vehicle can  Be in an Emergency!

            Or,

            You Better Pull the Bulbs on your 4 way flashers then!

          • Anonymous

            Not true

          • Anonymous

            wrong

          • Anonymous

            The wording of that statute is ambiguous. 

            Does “operating on a public way” refer to the light or siren or to the motor vehicle? 

            And what does “on your motor vehicle” mean?  What if it’s “on” the back seat?

          • Alykins

             I read it as ‘operating on a public way’ referring to the motor vehicle, but I agree the statute could use just one extra word:
            MRSA 29-A, Sect. 2054. It is illegal to have an emergency blue light, an
            emergency red light, or siren on your motor vehicle (while) operating on a
            public way unless the vehicle is an emergency vehicle.

          • Anonymous

            I referred you to the statute. You need to read that yourself. I merely summarized what the statute says.

          • Anonymous

            That vehicle in question is NOT an emergency vehicle.

          • Anonymous

            Hence the reason the operator was in violation of the law to have it equipped with red and blue lights and a siren while driving on a public way.

        • So if you see a State Police cruiser heading down the road it’s not actually a police car unless the blue lights or siren are on?

          Come on…

        • Anonymous

          wrong!  You cannot display a blue light whether you use it or not!

      • Anonymous

        Common sense Amanda, something that johnston does not have.

        • Anonymous

          Er, common sense says you don’t attach illegal equipment to your vehicle unless you don’t care whether the police stop you.

      • Anonymous

        When was the last ( or first ) time you saw a state or local police or emergency vehicle painted and tricked out like the “General Lee ” ? Sometimes EGO gets in the way of COMMON SENSE. State Policeman must have been disappointed Daisy Duke wasn’t driving or at least a passenger.

        • This car does not look anything like the General Lee.  You have your vehicles confused.

  • Anonymous

    unreal!! antique car with vintage lights,, ya, nice work trooper johnston! now how about making a bust that’s worthy of your time.. i wonder if antique plates would allow him to have what he has?

    • Anonymous

      Pulling someone over and giving them a warning is a bust?

  • Anonymous

    Really??  Although I’m sure the trooper is correct concerning the “letter of the Law” it seems harmless to me.  Perhaps a warning that if there were any reported impersonating an officer complaints they would know who to talk to may have been enough………….oh wait…forgot we have lost the ability to use our common sense and judgement in this country. *sigh*

    • Anonymous

      I believe that he recieved “Trooper of the Year” last year…..

      • Anonymous

        Probably did, nominated by the new breed for the new breed.

  • Anonymous

    Cuff ’em and stuff ’em… kew-kew ;~D

  • Anonymous

    The trooper really should be worried about BOSS HOG…..last seen in Augusta

  • Anonymous

    This was “the first time I’ve seen a car like this before,” Johnston said” really? I saw it last summer at an antique car show in Brewer. And when was the last time any police cruiser in the State of Maine used a Federal Twin Sonic RED and Blue light bar?

    Trooper Johnston are you now going to stop every single privately owned “retired” antique fire truck for illegal display of a red light? Or maybe a visit to next years Bangor/Brewer Fourth of July Parade will yield a boost to the state coffers for improper use of lights and sirens on all the municipally and county owned fire and police vehicles.

    Two words that you must have missed at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy….COMMON SENSE!!

    • Anonymous

       Just goes to show that our police officers are bored in this state with almost no crime.  We need to lay off half of our police force because they have nothing better to do.

      • Anonymous

        Boy, that does sound like common “since.”  When everyone else is screaming about the cops not doing enough, you want to lay half of them off.

        • Superuser23

          well if this is what are tax dollars are paying for, may as well lay them off and we can just start taking the law into our on hands.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah,to bad they don’t have nothing better to do,like chase down Blatin Harley’s with modified exhausts,which is also illegal in this state,and start handing out summon’z,not warnings!and maybe with all the fine money thats collected it will help old Lapage balance the states budgit.Hmmm?Sounds easy unuf,but me knowing a few people in law enforcement,there hands gets sore after writing just one summon’s.To me,law enforcement today are behind the times and technology.Look at all the school kids today,they all have lap-tops!No pens or pencils required in schools anymore.Why hasnt the police departments figured this out yet?

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, they also have problems with ego’s, while we did not have all the tools they have now, we served the people, not ourselves.

      • Anonymous

        Not bored, a new generation of police officers who do not serve the community, but look at themselves in the mirror in admiration, a new breed that we do not need.

      • Anonymous

         No, that’s the sad part–there IS some serious crime in this state.  And, press “like” if you agree that our law enforcement personnel should shift some focus on that instead.

    • Anonymous

      JD I am sure you know more about the law then I do. However doesn’t displaying mean that the lights or siren actually have to be activated? I only ask because a friend of mine once owned an old fire engine that had all of the lights as well as a siren and no one ever gave him any trouble.

      • Anonymous

         Maine law uses the words “displayed and used”. I know some officers take a very hard line on this and others look the other way unless it is abused.

        I also know there are some restored Maine SP Motorcycles complete with working lights and sirens. Would the Trooper demand the same level of compliance from the owner of one of these “historic” motor vehicles?

        I guess common sense isn’t so common anymore.

        • Jessica Anderson-Wade

          I don’t know what Maine law you were looking at but the one I read states equipped, displayed OR used.  That means quite a different thing from what you are claiming.

          • Anonymous

            Jessica maybe I should have used the quotes in a different manner. But I will ask you, should the vintage privately owned fire equipment remove their red lights now? For the longest time their was a vintage black and white with a red and white (New York city style) “bubblegum” rotating beacon for sale at a car dealer in Ellsworth. Should the dealer be allowed to sell the vehicle so equipped? Should the owner that purchased this vehicle remove the beacon? Would the person that purchased the vehicle have purchased it if they had to remove the beacon?

        • 29-A MRSA, Section 2054, sub-Section 2, Paragraph D:
          “D. Except as provided in this paragraph, a vehicle may not be equipped with or display a blue light.”

          The blue lights do not have to be used.  Simply displaying them is an offense.

          http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/29-A/title29-Asec2054.html

          • Anonymous

            So all the MSP vintage motorcycles should immediately remove the blue lights and sirens, right?

            Do you really believe that the photo resembled ANY police or sheriff vehicle in the state of Maine? Really?

            I repeat…common sense isn’t so common anymore.

    • Anonymous

      Really, so should we ignore people that impersonate police officers or is that ok as well.  It is illegal for anyone other than a police officer to have lights on there vehicles and it is illegal for firefighters to have lights on top of there vehicles unless they are a chief officer.  How about you use some common sense!

    • Anonymous

      Oh for crying out loud…bottom line is it’s illegal, ok?  It doesn’t say he was ticketed, or fined, or towed.  So it looks vintage, but do you think at night this would matter?  They’re concerned for people’s safety.  As for your comment about the “Federal Twin Sonic light bar”?  I don’t even know what the bleep that is, let alone a lot of other people, so how would I, or anyone else, necessarily know by a light bar how recent a vehicle is?

  • Anonymous

    just a good ole boys, nevah meaning no harm…….

  • He should have introduced himself to local officers and state police before going out for joy rides and I’ll bet there would have not been a problem.  Nice to see he didn’t have to drive accross country before Maine law enforcers caught up to him…

  • Anonymous

    The easiest solution would be for them to deputize him, or the law ought to have an exception for vehicles beyond a certain age.

  • Yeah, glad to see some laws are so much more important then others. What about poor Ayla that still hasn’t been found, or people driving horribly, maybe there should be a new law made by the people for the people to protect the people from being harrassed when they were doing nothing wrong, except enjoying a blast from the past where maybe we all should go back to and realize what’s really important in this world
     

    • Jessica Anderson-Wade

      I’m pretty sure Ayla not being found isn’t because the police just don’t want to.  There is only so much searching and so many leads that can happen before you hit a dead end in the legal realm.  Unless you are suggesting our law enforcement start taking vigilante approaches which I have seen suggested in some comments before.  People driving horribly are pulled over.  And your statement about protecting “people from being harrassed [sic] when they were doing nothing wrong” is ridiculous.  There is a law that specifically addresses what this man was pulled over for.  I suggest you look into it.  The officer was doing his job.

  • Back years ago a local business owner had an old white station wagon that he made look just like the Ghost Busters’ station wagon. With the antique lights and the same sound the one in the movies made. Is that illegal too? Would you pull over for that? lol I think not. Sometimes law goes a bit over board. Oh well, it is what it is. Experts say you can’t go a day with out breaking some sort of law. I do understand the reasons for not being allowed emergency lights and sirens though. When its antique though like that… I think they need to look the other way.

  • Anonymous

    OMG – anyone commenting negatively about this story needs to relax.  It’s a quirky story and I much prefer reading about this than the drug arrests and home invasions.

  • Anonymous

     I realize this is probably an effort in futility but I find it highly ironic that the people calling for “common sense” aren’t using any themselves. Yes, trooper Johnston followed the letter of the law in this situation. There are people out there who would use a vehicle like that to pull people over, and there are also people that would pull over just because they see the flashing blues behind them. And you don’t have to look very hard to find stories about people being robbed, raped, murdered, etc… by some lunatic pretending they’re a ‘cop’.

    You claim he’s “ball-busting” but did anyone notice that he could have written the man a $250 ticket instead of a warning and the owner wouldn’t have a leg to stand on?

    Trooper Johnston saw a violation of the law and acted on it. Would you prefer Law Enforcement Officers to completely ignore violations without even stopping to ask a couple questions?

    What did the operator of the vehicle lose? He was stopped for what was most likely less than 10 minutes of his time and – until BDN – got wind of it; there would have been no public record of the event even occurring.

    Food for thought; seems like some people around here might be starving.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! Personally I’m glad this officer just didn’t assume this was someone having fun and took time to ask a couple of questions.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah really, finding out the intent of the driver would have been approaching common sense.

    • “Trooper Johnston saw a violation of the law and acted on it. Would you prefer Law Enforcement Officers to completely ignore violations without even stopping to ask a couple questions? ” 
      Baloney! “He” is the one wasting Time!    So if I strap a Cowboy Hat, Two Black Powder Revolvers, and a Tin Star that reads Sheriff of Tombstone 1860 , I am breaking the Law?Baloney!

      • Anonymous

         Actually, as far as I know that doesn’t violate any laws. Have at it. Just don’t use the lights that have been reserved by Maine state law for Police and Fire personnel.

        The guy wasn’t pulled over for ‘impersonating a police officer’. He was pulled over because the equipment he had on his vehicle is against the law.

        • Anonymous

          Not if he was not using them.

          • Anonymous

             Title 29-A, 2054, 2, D: “Except as provided in this paragraph, a vehicle may not be equipped with or display a blue light.”

            Equipped with. The law states nothing about using them.

          • I’d love to go to court on this poorly written law.  If I put a non-working blue residential use blue light-bulb on my dashboard am I displaying a “blue light?  Are the new high intensity headlights which appear “light blue” illegal? When is “blue” blue under the law? Does “equipped” mean “connected” could I have the bar mounted on my car IF it didn’t work? Is a car “equipped” with an item if it is after market and readily removable?

      • Anonymous

        No because it would be easier to see that you looked like a buffoon than that the car was fake. :)

    • Anonymous

      Then get on those that would use that to pull people over, not everyone else.  That is like punishing all kids for one playing pranks in a swimming people.

  • Anonymous

    LOL. Hey seems how you got so much spare time cracking down on these hard nosed criminals. I’ll put a sign reading ” BOAR’S NEST” out in front of the 3 drug houses beside our elementary school.

    •  You must live in Bradley.

  • Anonymous

    Oh get a grip. Iam sure the nice trooper is getting rubbed pretty hard at the barracks. We,all need a little chuckle. Besides at least this trooper wasn’t riding around drinking like some of his other counterparts.

    • Anonymous

      How do you know he was not drinking like some of his other counterparts?

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t disagree with most of you more about this trooper not using common sense.  While I would agree that for the most part this is pretty harmless in the daylight, the trooper didn’t know this man or vehicle.  During the day time it would be pretty obvious to spot that this was an old car.  However, most of the population doesn’t know what kind of lights cruisers have and at night when the lights come on behind you you’re most likely going to pull over.  This could potentially put people at risk which is why the law was enacted in the first place.  While I certainly think the car is awesome and am glad the trooper only gave the owner a warning, I can also see the potential dangers.

    • PabMainer

      Agreed and well stated…..

    • Anonymous

      People from out of state, especially, wouldn’t know that Maine police don’t use red lights.

    • Anonymous

      LOL.

    • 10-4 good buddy!

    • Anonymous

      And he let him off with a warning.  So what’s the big deal to everyone?

  • penobscot207

    Love Dukes of Hazard

  • Anonymous

    Just a good ol boy never meaning no harm. O ya those were the days!

  • Anonymous

    He and the Statie should have had a little chase.  Sheriff Roscoe always said “Hot pursuit, I love it, I love it”

  • Anonymous

    In one sense, Trooper Johnston did do the right thing, he was also very considerate to just give the driver a warning instead of a fine. However, when a “retired” police cruiser or firetruck is used for parades, etc the owners of these vehicle should be able to go to their local or state police barracks and recive some sort of a permit so that if they are stopped, they can show that the vehicle is “known” as a parade vehicle. Yes, old cars should be driven every so often so they don’t just rot away so then again a permit should be required to drive them. (One permit per vehicle). It’s not likely that anyone who has a permit would use the vehicle for “illegal” purposes, they would be way too easy to find. Personally I would love to have a replica of the Andy of Mayberry car to use in parades. I always thought that was a cool car!

    Overall, let the owners of retired police cruisers and firetrucks drive them legally (for private use only) by issuing permits to the owners. I think that would end the confusion. I have my eye on a retired police cruiser as we speak, and yes, I already have the blue light bar and the vintage Motorola siren to mount into it. I certainly wouldn’t mind paying a few dollars for a permit to drive it legally to avoid any hassles.

  • Superuser23

    So this is what the Troopers like to pull over nowadays? I thought they actually would go handle some speeders and stop sign runners in them neck of the woods, not a car someone drives occasionally.

  • Anonymous

    Now if he had put on his daisy dukes the cop might have let him go.

  • Anonymous

    “‘I’ve been driving it for the past year, on and off,’ the 49-year-old driver, who asked not to be identified, said Wednesday.”

    There is no compelling reason to keep this man’s identity a secret. That said, when you do keep a source’s identity secret, you always need to give the source’s reason.

    • Anonymous

      Its no ones business who this man is…. Too many nosey people out there.

      •  BUT

        Other people stopped by law-enforcement personnel  (and not charged) DO have their names published.  I agree with Ryan, the paper should apply the same policy to all.

        • Anonymous

          He wasnt arrested or charged with anything, so it isnt public record, so the public has no business knowing his name.

          •  Unfortunately that is not true.  All citizen contact with police (recorded by writing or voice duplication) is public information.  The issuance of “a warning” falls in this category

            Some police departments maintain “contact cards” on citizens they speak to.  These cards can (and do) impact a citizens police report.  

          • Anonymous

            So how did the paper find out his name and contact information?

      • Anonymous

        It’s poor journalism. Who’s to say the reporter didn’t just make up the quotes? Besides, the man was stopped on a public way. I can guarantee you the trooper ran a check on him for warrants before letting him off with a warning. And that warrant check would have had his name broadcast over the radio.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t hire someone to do a job and then complain because they are doing the job you hired them for.  Give Trooper Johnston a break, he was doing what we are paying him to do.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hire him.

    •  Well, it’s just me, but I thought the police were suppose to catch criminals.  I wouldn’t pull over for a 34-year-old car no matter what lights he had flashing.  I would turn on my emergency flashers, and proceed, within the speed-limit, to the nearest sheriff’s /police station.

    • Anonymous

       Yeah ask trooper Johnson how many summons he has written this month for motorcycles with illegal exhaust and how many inspection stations he has shut down for inspecting those motorcycles with straight pipes. The answer would be zero.

      • Jessica Anderson-Wade

        How do you know what the answer is?  Did you ask him?  Show me where you get this information from and then maybe you will be credible.

  • Anonymous

    Next thing you know, Trooper Johnston will be pulling over black Trans Ams for “running blocker for 400cases of Coors beer.”

    No one is going to believe that’s a legit cop car and just about everyone has seen the Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

  • Anonymous

    Atleast he only gave him a warning.

  • Anonymous

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the law reads that words to the effect “Emergency lights and sirens cannot be USED by non-emergency persons”.  Better get those people in parades and antique car shows warned by Johnston.  This is about the silliest thing I have read in a decade.  

    • Downeasta

       For fire persons, they have to have a note from their department stating they have permission from their department to affix the red light and firefighting plates to their vehicle.  Or at least that is what I was told when part of the department at that time.

  • Anonymous

    So thats where Enos went. He became a state trooper.

  • I dont see what the problem is as long as he doesn’t turn the lights or siren on.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously a very slow day for Johnston!

  • Downeasta

    Its simple……………
     
    Put a sleeve across the light bar.  Also magnetics across the emblems when operating on the road.

    Then he may remove items when he is at parades or public events.

  • Pete Johnson

    The trooper’s right – the cops have a monopoly on ticket writing, ball busting and lying in court.

  • Anonymous

    The trooper did the right thing. When some pervert pulls an unsuspecting lady over and gets away with something with then maybe we won’t be so judgmental. Thank you Trooper Johnston.

    • Ryan

      So they should also be stopping every person that buys an old state police car and leaves it the same color and drives it, no there aren’t visable lights but how many actual cop cars have visable lights now a days. Also they should be stopping new mustangs for that matter. Its a 1970’s cop car, come on now.

      • Jessica Anderson-Wade

        No, they should be stopping cars equipped with emergency/flashing lights/sirens for violating the law, as this cop did in this article.   

  • Anonymous

    Back in 1978, when deputy sherriff’s had to have their own personal vehicles be there cruiser at the same time, I got to drive my husband’s which was identical to this one only black!  This was in Franklin County.

  • Anonymous

    Another naive by the book young man without an ounce of common sense. And that’s something that has to be instilled growing up. Can’t be and isn’t taught in sheepskin country.
    That law is made to catch the bad guy or the idiot who thinks he can impersonate to get what he wants. Not a car collecter. He doesn’t recognize an antique vehicle?  Discretion was always a factor in LE. To the best of my knowlege it hasn’t been eliminated. Yet. Would hate to see this trooper get into a position of authority within the department.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be to hard on trooper Johnston.after all the trooper was just out there doing his sworn duty when all of a sudden,Holy moly I just got a visual on my child hood hero,It’s Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane !

    He’s gotta be in hot pursuit of them dang Duke boy’s ! probably speeding,reckless driving,crossing state lines without Boss Hogs permission and for busting up the boar’s nest ! I’ll just see if I can assist  ole Rosco with the “cuff em and stuff em” part.

  • Anonymous

    this kind of looks like piscataquis county police cruisers

  • Anonymous

    Referring to the antique car,  “It’s always a concern for us,” Johnston said. “I think a lot of people would pull over if they saw the lights come on.” So the lights weren’t on. What’s the issue. 
    My question is if they are warning him about his car looking like a police cruiser, how can they use unmarked cars. A lot of police departments are using different models of cars for cruisers and  that may be due to budget constraints or other reasons and a lot of them are unmarked and with a blue light on the dash. Anyone can put a blue light on the dash of any make of  car and pull someone over, I do believe in the article it referred to a red pick up.So, does it matter? I don’t think so. If the blue lights come on from any vehicle you will pull over. 
    The car is a show piece, leave it alone.

     

  • Anonymous

    For all of you that are doubting the law about blue lights or red lights, go ahead and place one in your vehicle and see what happens when you get pulled over.  Don’t cry when you get a steep The law is the law, just like all of you have stated about the crappy health care law!

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