They should have pled the fifth
When you get pulled over, you should tell the truth, keeping your answers simple and non-incriminating. Even some cops will say that playing dumb can get you off with a warning sometimes. However, too many people just don’t know when to shut up. It’s not always the cops fault when someone winds up getting a lot more punishment than they could have.
These cops couldn’t ignore what was said to them, so they acted accordingly.
Saving a Friend
Man was beaten unconscious by three men. I caught one of them escaping on foot but he vigorously denied any knowledge of any incident.
Another officer had collared someone he thought might also be involved, but had little evidence other than the fact he was running away and couldn’t really account for his presence.
The other prisoner was being taken to a cell just as I walked into custody with mine. My prisoner looked at him and immediately yelled “Matt, Matt! Matt has got nothing to do with this, you should let him go. He wasn’t even there.” (Patnet)
As I was handcuffing a guy after a felony car stop for a stolen car, he looks around sees all the cop cars and the helicopter. Says to me “All this for a grand theft auto?” Why thank you sir, now i don’t have to interview you. (foxfire1992)
In my state driving with a suspended license is a non-criminal traffic offense. However, KNOWINGLY driving with a suspended license is a criminal traffic offense.
More often than not, when I pull someone over with a suspended license they always start out by saying something along the lines of “Look, I know my license is suspended but…” (AsGoodAsFamous)