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Traffic stop in Idaho anything but routine

Over zealous or out of control?

On July 29 as I crossed the bridge over the state line into Idaho, I was pulled over by the Lewiston police... "Routine traffic stop" he tells me. He took my proof of insurance, my driver's license and my registration. He calls in a detective and K-9 unit, who approach my car.

I am a law abiding citizen and I complied with their demands. I am a licensed insurance agent and go through background checks routinely as a part of my business.

I was then detained by the officers for an hour and a half! More police and more detectives came. I am now being interrogated. I was told I could not make any calls and they proceeded to take my phone, going through my contacts and then pawing through my purse. Unbeknownst to me, they also began calling and interrogating my family as to my whereabouts and the reason for my travel to Idaho, which was to an estate sale as we recently lost our mother.

My car was scratched all to heck from the dog, the carpet all was torn loose from the tack strips, the clothes from my suitcase and my belongings were strewn about. The meat and vegetables in my cooler were thoroughly ruined in the 100 degree heat of the afternoon. The pizza I had just purchased from Papa Murphy's was all but baking in the hot sun. I was humiliated and angry.

The officers could not find anything to cite me for. I walked away without so much as a traffic violation. However, before they released me, the K-9 officer tells me they were working from a report they received, that a blonde woman from Washington, driving a white car, is carrying a pound and a half of amphetamines in the car. There was no apology offered to me after this incident, only another sneering remark of how they had never had a false hit from their dog and another accusation of how recently there must have been something in my car, which by the way I have owned since 2005.

I wonder how many other women have suffered this indignity or if the real suspect drove right on by as the Lewiston police did their number on me!

So, Washingtonians and out-of-staters, BEWARE.

/s/ Barbara Bloomfield, Grandview

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