I recognize that this is a long shot, since I have court in the morning. After receiving an assignment for tomorrow's date from the court, I filed for discovery. The documents arrived on last Saturday. Two things to note, this affadavit has the wrong case number (single digit omission) and the signatures do not match (overhand vs. underhand curls). The date filed is the same as that of the infraction - no delay. This is not an accurate account of the event, and I hope that I get a reasonable judge. So, for the final piece of the puzzle, can anyone find grievous errors in the following statement?
Please bear in mind that the citation shows the stop at 0120 hrs. As I do not know how long a calibration or speedometer verification takes, can anyone point me in the right direction?I observed the defendant traveling SB in the 3800 block of Bel Red Rd, Redmond, Wa. The vehicle appeared to be traveling faster than the clearly posted 40 MPH. I visually estimated the defendant's speed at 50 MPH. I was traveling behind the defendant in fully marked patrol car #xxxx. This vehicle is equipped with a certified Dodge speedometer. I verified the speedometer at approximately 0130 hrs using RADAR #xxxxxxx and tuning fork #xxxxx.
I began to pace the vehicle from a distance of 4 car lengths. I maintained a steady pace with the vehicle for approximately 2 blocks. I paced the vehicle at 50 MPH in the 40 MPH zone.
<defendant> did not have proof of insurance in the vehicle. <defendant> did not have registration in the vehicle.
The traffic stop was recorded in ICOP.
The stop involved a number of other items that are irrelevant to a speeding infraction. I did, however, attempt to obtain a copy of the in-car audio/video. Yet, apparently I did that wrong, as I only filed today and the request form shows that the process can take two weeks. Ironically, I had about two-and-a-half weeks from my court notice to tomorrow's date.