Can We Get Separate Checks For This Traffic Stop?

Don’t be surprised if you get stopped by a cop in California and hear: “Let me start the meter, then touch your finger to your nose.” A court ruled yesterday that police can bill drunken drivers for the time it takes to direct traffic, get the car towed, investigate and write up reports, conduct sobriety tests, and arrest and book them. Time spent drinking coffee, eating doughnuts, complaining about people who take cheap shots at law enforcement eating habits, and griping about how they were portrayed in the movie Crash isn’t billable. Tips are appreciated.

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