By Ashley Lodato
Do you check your license plates before you get in your car? No, neither do I. But I might start to now, after hearing about Winthrop-
native Remington Rohrer’s recent experience, and you might too.
Remington was headed to dinner with friends in Kirkland last week and he stopped at Fred Meyer to purchase a contribution to the dinner. As he pulled out of the store parking lot, he noticed there was a police car behind him. He didn’t think much of it, but when he pulled onto the freeway, so did the police car, which continued to follow him for a short way.
Eventually the police car moved over a couple of lanes, so Remington thought he was free of law enforcement, but nope — when Remington exited so did the police car, which continued to follow him through the neighborhood to his friends’ house.
Remington parked his car in front of the friends’ house and turned off his engine. The police car flashed his lights, so Remington rolled down his window. A policeman approached the car asked Remington for his license and registration. Taking the documents, the policeman asked Remington to get out of the car, face his vehicle, and put his hands behind his back. And then the policeman handcuffed Remington and called for backup.
Once help arrived, the ensuing conversation went something like this:
Officer: “Is this your car?”
Officer: “Are you sure this is your car?”
Remington: “Yes, this is definitely my car.”
Officer: “You didn’t steal it?”
The officer patted Remington down and then made him stand on the sidewalk near the car, where Remington had a clear view of all of the residents of the entire neighborhood watching from their porches as he stood handcuffed and surrounded by three police units.
It was from this vantage point that Remington noticed something unusual about his license plate — the letters and numbers were different than what he was used to. When Remington pointed this out to the officers, one of them walked to the front of the car and noted that the front and back plates did not match.
A little bit of research later, the officers determined that Remington’s back license plate had been removed and replaced with the plate of a recently stolen vehicle while he was in Fred Meyer, hence all the confusion. One of the policemen removed Remington’s handcuffs and then confiscated both license plates, presenting Remington with what was essentially a “get out of jail free” card in case he were to be stopped again, this time for having no plates on his car.
Then the two posed for a friendly picture together, like partners, but not quite in crime.