So I'm biking to work today in Atlanta Ga. Beautiful day! I'm headed down a large hill on Peachtree st, (6 lane busy road) & got up some good speed and came up on an intersection that had about 6- 8 cars in each lane waiting on the light to change. I see there is not a lot of room on the far right side of the road so I ride in between a few cars til I can merge back over to the right side of the road as the light turns green. I happened to pass a cop on my left & he was really mad that I did this. I make it through the intersection fine & I'm steady up the next hill when I hear the cop behind me telling me to stop the bike. I'm kinda surprised that he stopped me. He asks for my license & I give it to him after he sees that I'm not very happy. He picks up his I'm a bad A s s cop attitude & starts to get very ugly.
He then tells me to pick one... that I can ride on the far right or on the sidewalk. He asked me if I had ever been locked up & taken to jail & I said no. He asked me if I still lived at this address & I said yes. He then asked where I was goin & I said to work. He asked where I was coming from & I said my girlfriends house. He then accuses me of lying. asking me why I'm changing my story about where I live. He begins to treat me like a criminal, talking in very angry tone. I retort with a little sass. He asks me why I'd pull somethin like that if I saw him there. I said I didn't know there was a law against it. This makes him really mad. He then tells me that if he sees me out here on HIS roads like that again he would put me in jail!!!! I was amazed!
I was very angry but I guess that he could have taken me in if he felt like it. He made this very clear. So I kissed his but really good & told him I understood & that I was sorry (just so I could get to work on time). He said he didn't feel like I was sorry & he explained that he didn't want to have to be the one to clean my brains up off the road.
I do understand that It might not have been very safe of me to do but could he really put me in jail? I mean I really didn't know there was a law against this... Perhaps I'm a little naive to think he couldn't. But it seems like he thinks that he owns the roads we drive on. It's the taxpayers roads not his. He seems to think He can do whatever he wants. He can take me to jail if he wants, or make me late for work, or accuse me of being a liar or speak to me like I'm a criminal.
So I guess I'm just asking what anyone thinks about my conduct/his.... is there a law against this sort of behavior?