Let’s set the stage. Casselberry, Florida … last Saturday morning. Kevin S. Allen is driving along Interstate 4, tailgating a Florida State Trooper. Eventually, Allen passes said trooper, who clocks Allen at a rate of 72 mph. The trooper pulls him over for speeding and asks Allen for his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.
That’s where things begin to go south for Mr. Allen.
He refused to cooperate. When the trooper (whose identity still is not known) asked him again for his license, registration and proof of insurance, he again failed to comply. The trooper responded that his lack of obedience was grounds for arrest, to which Mr. Allen said, “That’s not fair.”
At this point, the trooper reached in to grab Allen and arrest him. Allen’s response was to get as firm a grip on the steering wheel of his Dodge Caravan as possible. That’s when the officer went for the pepper spray – and Allen went for his cell phone.
That’s right … Allen called 9-1-1. “I’m being assulted by an officer on I-4,” he said. “Please call my wife.” He also told authorities to summon news media to the scene.
Eventually, Allen was treated at the scene for pepper spray exposure. He was arrested and charged with three counts of resisting arrest with violence and one count of battery on a law-enforcement officer.
When asked why he didn’t just give the officer the paperwork he wanted, Allen said, “It was a matter of principle.”
Yeah, and it was a matter of principle, Mr. Allen, that the trooper pepper sprayed you and arrested you.
During the 9-1-1 call, Allen gave his version of a running play-by-play with comments such as, “Dude, I’m not even fighting you,” and the grand finale, “He’s dragging me out of my car. Goodbye.”
The bottom line? Sheer stupidity and stubbornness on many levels (mostly stupidity). The trooper’s car was NOT unmarked. Why would you knowingly tailgate and then pass a State Trooper at a high rate of speed unless you are practically begging for trouble? Then, why would you not comply with the officer’s demands?
What started out as a simple speeding ticket has already cost Mr. Allen $2,700 just to bond out of jail, not to mention the thousands in court and legal fees he’s facing – and probable jail time, too. And let’s not forget, he got a face full of pepper spray for his efforts.
Well played, Mr. Allen. Well played, indeed. You really showed ’em by sticking to your “principles,” whatever those are.