Driving home late one night, the Original Poster (OP) becomes trapped in a frustrating game with a Dodge Charger. For 20 agonizing minutes, each attempt to pass is thwarted by the Charger’s driver, who seems to relish in the vexing maneuvers. But as they near a stretch of road notorious for hidden police, OP hatches a plan that could bring this high-speed chess game to a thrilling end.
Working Out of Town
As a construction manager, sometimes OP is assigned projects that require a long commute. Currently, he is working on a project 40 minutes from his house. There is a short deadline to meet, which requires long hours in addition to the drive time.
Over the past several weeks, OP has gotten to know the commute well, including where the police officers typically lay speed traps. Armed with this knowledge, he prefers to travel above the speed limit when he thinks it is safe.
The Drive Home
OP is tired driving home from work late one particular night on a two-lane highway. He is eager to get home and watch the pre-recorded game he missed earlier in the evening. He keeps his radio off to avoid any mention of the final score.
The Dodge Charger
A red Dodge Charger is in front of him. Both cars slightly exceed the speed limit, but OP wants to drive a little faster, eager to get home, unwind from a long day, and watch the much-anticipated game.
Attempt to Pass
Wanting to move ahead, OP switches to the left passing lane. The driver of the Dodge Charger accelerates and jumps into the left lane, cutting OP off. OP thinks little of it and resumes his position in the right lane.
The Annoying Game
Back in the right lane, OP continues to drive at his previous speed. However, in front of OP again, the Dodge Charger slows down considerably for no apparent reason, forcing him to slow down as well. OP realizes that this is becoming a pattern.
The Frustrating Dance
OP tries multiple times to pass the Dodge Charger, each time to no avail. The Charger driver keeps repeating his annoying maneuver of cutting in front of him until he returns to the lane, then slowing down. OP is growing increasingly frustrated.
An Upcoming Opportunity
After about 20 minutes of this back-and-forth, OP is tired and frustrated and just wants to get home. Knowing this highway well as it is part of his typical commute, OP knows they are approaching a side road where police often hide to catch speeders.
The Clever Trick
OP decides to get into the passing lane and floor the gas pedal, going significantly over the speed limit. True to form, the Dodge Charger tries to cut them off by going even faster. Both cars are now significantly over the speed limit.
The Calculated Slowdown
Just before reaching the side road where police are known to hide, OP slows down abruptly. The Dodge Charger has no time to react and continues speeding ahead. As both cars pass the side road, a police officer immediately sets off to pursue the speeding vehicle.
The Unfolding Drama
OP watches as the police car’s lights flash and the siren wails. The Dodge Charger is forced to pull over to the side of the road. As OP drives past the scene, he feels a wave of satisfaction. The Dodge Charger guy is finally getting what he deserves.
Speed Limit Resumed
OP continues driving, leaving the frustrating encounter behind them. Now free of the Dodge Charger, OP returns to driving just a bit over the speed limit. The road ahead is clear and inviting.
Solitude on the Highway
The rest of the drive home offers OP a peaceful experience. No other cars are playing frustrating games with them. In the rearview mirror, OP sees the flashing lights of the police car grow fainter.
Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts his story online for validation and because he’s proud of his successful maneuvering. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “A guy pulled up next to me at a light, yelled a bunch of slurs, and revved. We were right outside my work, and there was always a cop there, not even hidden. I revved my Yaris and flipped him off. He gunned it. I saw the cop’s lights turn on as I turned left.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “For all that charging he did, I’m surprised he couldn’t dodge that cop car.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “Some guy cut us off in such an unsafe manner that he nearly caused a wreck, would have if my spouse didn’t jerk the wheel in time. Then homeboy flips US off! A few miles down the road, he was pulled over to the side after he caused an accident with another car.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “I went through a small town at the speed limit because it was late, and I knew the cops watch this particular stretch. Some idiot behind me started tailing me. Just as we got past the light at the main square, the idiot passed me – right in front of the police station. I’ve never laughed so hard while passing someone who just got pulled over for being impatient.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.