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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Buford T. Justice's Son Arrests Storm Chaser

Posted on Extreme Instability.

Apparently, an over-zealous, terrified Texas tough onion Sheriff's deputy arrested a storm chaser at a rest stop for "obstructing highway or other passageway."
Brian runs a tour group and was stopped in a public rest stop watching a storm. A cop asks him to leave, Brian refuses since he has a right to be there watching the storm, and he gets arrested! He was arrested for "obstructing highway or other passageway,"....which witnesses report that he was not. It seems pretty odd to me if that's what he was arrested for, why is that Sherrif's comments about everything BUT details on how he was obstructing something. The article makes it sound like the cop thought he was in danger from the storm and that's why he asked him to leave. Then it mentions a bunch of crap about spotting and reporting to their whatever. As if that gives you more right to watch a storm....it doesn't. Why are all these things brought up in there, and nothing explaining how he was obstructing a highway or other passageway(in a rest stop!....wasn't even parked on a shoulder)? IMO a cop can suggest you leave an area over a storm, but not arrest you for not doing so. Last I checked, a chaser that chases storms frequently has a better handle on storm behavior than your average cop. If a storm is truly threatening your location, a cop will not have time to arrest you. I mean really. How would you feel if you are watching a storm you know isn't threatening you, and you are told to leave a public place...then arrested when you stand up for yourself? What a joke. Reminds me of the whole seatbelt law, something else really stupid(even though I always wear mine when on the highway). You should be free to hurt just yourself if you so desire! Here's a funny one on that. You can ride a motorcycle without a helmet in states like SD or IA, but you still have to wear a seatbelt in a car! How dumb is that? Pretty damn dumb.

Arrested for essentially not leaving an area where funnels were seen earlier....brother.
Source here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

With seatbelts there is the reasoning that in the case of collision bodies that are not well secured may crash into others and cause injuries and even kill someone else. In the case of stormwatchers same reasoning cannot be used.

5/10/2008 2:17 AM  
Blogger John R. said...

I dunno man I saw a movie once where a tornado picked up a cow. I suppose you'd be ok as long as you didn't bring any cows with you.

5/10/2008 4:10 AM  
Anonymous James said...

The cop is an idiot and acutally should be charged for public endangerment. The Chasers are people who help report and observe tornadoes to help predict where they are going and report to EMS and weather forcasters exact information and measurments since they have onboard radar and other equip. Even the best radar used by the National weather service has its errors and flaws. Its better to have the storm chasers on the frontlines because they can better predict and warn the people in harms way. The national weather service Radar only detects POSSIBLE tornadoes. The Chasers on the front line ground level can actually SEE them.

3/20/2009 7:17 PM  

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