New London, WI asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Wisconsin

Q: hello how far can city police officer follow you till the officer is profiling in a vehicle

stevens point police officers followed me about .5 miles we both stop at a stop light pass through the stop light on to the highway about 5 miles down the road i was pulled over in the right hand lane because i was about to get sandwich on the highway between the cop and a van that pulled on the highway got into the left lane seen the officer behind me and immediately pulled into my lane i hit my turn signal to move into the left lane then i moved over and the officer said i was following to close to the van i believe i was not a 1 little car could fit between me and the fan before i moved over to pass

1 Lawyer Answer

Emmanuel Muwonge

Answered
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Wauwatosa, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: I believe that the city police officer can follow you within the jurisdiction he works and also call others if and when you are about or he suspects you will elude him or her into another jurisdiction. An officer can follow you for as long as s/he believes a crime is being committed has been committed and or is about to be committed. The facts you furnished are not enough for me to sufficiently answer the question you asked.

Please remember that it is all about your ability or rather, the driver ahead of you being able to break in time to avoid an accident between that driver and other traffic ahead of him or her as well as being rear-ended by you.

The general rule is that you must allow no less than 2 seconds between vehicles during the day and 3 seconds during night time and, in the event of rain, snow, ice and slit, 4 seconds. Intersections, stop signs and yield signs on your route of travel also dictate that you exercise extra care and caution.

It is the officer's discretion keeping all circumstances and conditions in mind, to determine whether to stop you or not. Also, bear in mind the other factors I mentioned in the introductory paragraph above.

I hope this is sufficient for your purposes. I also recommend you consult with a practitioner that handles traffic-related offenses.

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