My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: Massachusetts
This occured in broad daylight. I was the passenger in my boyfriends vehicle and its battery died in the middle of the mass pike. After 10 mins someone jumpstarted the car and he told us to follow him to a place to buy a new battery where it could be charged. As soon as we drove for about 30 seconds we noticed the car was dropping speed and as we were taking a ramp of the masspike [there is no breakdown lanes on the mass pike] the car completely stopped.
This ramp is a one lane, i think, but its very wide and two cars can fit side by side comfortably, and it slopes down so cars pick up speed when going down. We did manage to get as far off to the right but since the battery was completely dead we couldnt turn on the hazards. The man who jumpstarted the car earlier pulled over in front of us.He offered to take my BF to the place where he could buy the battery. I stayed with his child and opened the trunk so cars could see that we were pulled over and not just stopped. I kept her bucked in but stayed outside because i noticed cars were coming FAST and i was hoping that they would see that we were broken down and would slow down.
As i was leaning in talking to the child keeping her hydrated and entertained i har a loud breaking. A car was coming fast and almost hit the car. I was glad that the baby was buckled up but that worried me because he almost crashed the car and after that he didnt even stop he sped right by.
The car behind that car stopped to see if we were ok. They were a couple with an infant and they told me that area was very dangerous. They offered to try to jumpstart the car so i could get the hazards on. When no cars were coming they got to teh side of the car but by then about 2 cars came but they didnt beep they waited patiently. I got the car to start and then a state police showed up.
He said we couldnt block the ramp and i tried to explain that they were just helping and he cut me off. Said to move out of the way that we were holding up traffic. The people who jumpstarted me told me that about 500 feet away was a hotel parking lot that would be safer because i had the baby, and they had witnessed i was almost hit. I wasnt going to move but the police man went into his cruiser and did that beeping noise police cars use to get cars to move.
I decided to move the car. I know how to drive. I adjusted my mirrors ensured the baby was well buckled in and followed the people in front of me. I used my blinkers and everything. Drove straight and then a right turn. And pulled into a parking. The policeman followed. The people said goodbye and then the policeman came up i was assuming to offer help or at least to know what happened but instead he came up rudely and asked me for my license.
I looked for my permit and didnt find it in my purse. I told him i couldnt find my permit and he asked me for my SS, and D.O.B. He asked who was the owner of the car, and for the registration. I told him it was my BF and i gave him the registration and gave him his temporary license and let him know that my BF had the valid license and would give it to him as soon as he came.
He went to his cruiser for about 30 minutes. During this wait i saw my BF on the freeway so i got out and waved him down to where we were.
When my BF came he went straight to the cruiser. he asked for his license and my bf has the license w his debit card and money all on one clip usually. when the cop saw the $$ he said dont try to pay me or dont give me $$ something like that and my BF was like im not. He couldnt find his license but i found it in his jacket and gave it to him.
My BF came to teh car asked me what happened. ad went to fix the battery, replace it etc. meanwhile i was in the car panicking. The officer comes about 30 mins after i originally gave him my info and gives me a ticket that says criminal offence. And i have to sign it and go to court. But it didnt say the address where i should mail it. He wrote that i didnthave a permit or ID. He never asked me for an ID. I actually did have an Id. my BF temp licence and my passport are always together, just in case. And he also cited me for driving w/out a licenced driver.
What bothers me is that shouldnt i have broken a law, example: not stopping, in order to be asked for my information. it reminds me of the seatbelt law. unless you are pulled over for something else you cant get cited for not wearing a seat belt. I know i was lucky i wasnt arrested but technically i didnt break a visible law for him to come and inquire for my driving information.
My BF got a ticket for letting me drive, HE DIDNT. Actually he was mad that i did but i only did it because the cop was pressuring me off the ramp. I know he can fight his ticket and get it dismissed because he didnt authorize my driving but my charges are criminal and i am worried.
I dont think he acted accordingly. Am i right?
-Rachel in Boston