Houston woman arrested and jailed over ‘speed trap’ sign

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, June 29, 2012 12:59 EDT
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Houston woman Natalie Plummer illustrates the act that got her arrested. Photo: Screenshot via ABC News affiliate KTRK.
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A woman in Houston, Texas spent 12 hours in jail recently after being arrested while holding up a makeshift sign warning passing motorists of a police speed trap ahead.

Claiming that she was initially threatened with a felony charge for “obstructing justice,” Natalie Plummer explained to Houston ABC News affiliate KTRK that she was just riding her bicycle home when she observed an officer seemingly “pulling random cars over.”

So, she tried to be helpful and warn other drivers to slow down. Ripping apart one of her grocery bags, she scribbled a makeshift sign that read: “Speed trap!!”

Moments later, an officer pulled up next to her, jumped out of the car and began trying to search her in earnest. Then he made an arrest, reportedly claiming in court documents that Plummer was standing in the street and posed a danger to herself and others.

“I for sure didn’t step into the street,” she said in a televised report aired earlier this week. “He couldn’t take me to jail for holding up this sign or he would have. So all he could do was make up something fake about it.”

Police told reporters that if Plummer feels her treatment was unjust, she should file an official complaint. She was released from jail on bond after roughly 12 hours.

This video is from Houston ABC News affiliate KTRK, broadcast on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via ABC News affiliate KTRK.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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