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Speed Kills

West Melbourne, Fla., police officer Ted Salem pulled a man over for speeding. As he was writing the ticket, which carried a $209 fine, there was a report of a man with a gun nearby — “There’s going to be a murder any second!” said the caller, who was using a cell phone, before hanging up. Ofc. Salem “was trying to wrap up quickly to respond,” a police supervisor said. A quick-thinking dispatcher looked in past records to see if that phone had ever been used to call 911 before, and it had. Dispatchers put out on the radio that the caller was apparently a man named Julius Lupowitz, and that’s when the penny dropped for Ofc. Salem: that’s who he had pulled over for speeding. In addition to speeding, Lupowitz has been charged with felony-level false reporting, and faces up to 5 years in prison. (RC/WESH Orlando) ...I’ll bet he isn’t in a hurry to have his trial.
Original Publication Date: 10 August 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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