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What should have been a simple speeding ticket for a Florida woman turned into something far more bizarre early Saturday morning.

Deputies in Marion County said they clocked Mandy Ramsey, 35, doing 71 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone along Highway 315 in central Florida and attempted to pull her over. Instead, she sped away.

According to authorities, the Fort McCoy, Fla. resident ran a stop sign, ran over someone's lawn, crashed her Ford F-250 into a tree and then fled on foot. Using a helicopter, police caught up to Ramsey, who was due to start a teaching job in a few weeks. She was

The reason she gave for trying to run from the law? She was driving topless.

Police said Ramsey told them she was on her way home to surprise her significant other. (Various news sources have reported it was her boyfriend; others say husband).

"She did something stupid, trying to impress me," James Woodward told WPEC-TV. "That's all it was."

While Ramsey certainly didn't do the right thing when she was caught speeding, here are some tips on what you should actually do should you get pulled over.

On the Road

Be polite

It may be a routine traffic stop to you, but the cop doesn't know how dangerous the situation might be. So, when he pulls you over, keep in mind that he's looking at it as a tense situation. If you're rude, you'll only make it worse and lessen your chances of escaping the ticket. Be polite; roll down your window and turn off your radio. If you smoke, put out the cigarette. All of these things are common courtesy and they all communicate something to the officer: You care enough to give him your undivided attention. Talking on your cell phone or insisting that he hurry up is a surefire way to land yourself a ticket.

Don't talk too much

The more you talk, the more he can use against you in court. That doesn't mean you have to be a mute, but sometimes cops will let you think you're talking your way out of it when they're really just giving you enough rope to hang yourself. Don't let yourself get into a conversation in which you confess to breaking the law so that you may get off with a warning. Once the patrolman has a confession, he or she has what's needed to beat you in court should you contest the ticket.

Don't argue or plead ignorance

The side of the road is no place to argue. Sometimes a cop might try to bait you into an argument (they're human and we all have bad days). But, usually, an argument can be avoided. If you can't get the officer to see things your way by calmly and clearly stating your case, don't keep going. If you do, you will only antagonize him.

As for ignorance, think again. It might work if you're a cute girl, but for most guys, it's just a lame excuse. When you get your license, you agree to abide by the rules of the road, so ignorance just isn't going to fly. Plus, it's a common excuse, which means cops hear it all the time and are less likely to let you off with just a warning.

Ask for a warning

It never hurts to ask for a warning. But don't beg -- that's a sign of weakness. It's also very annoying. When an officer gives you a warning, he's doing you a favor, so try to approach asking for a warning the same way you might ask a friend to help you move. It's a big favor on his part, and you've got to make him want to help you.

In Court

Present a strong case

Presenting a strong case is about knowing the law. While it will help to review the relevant portion of the driver's handbook, the judge doesn't need you to tell him about the law; trust me, he knows it. Instead, focus on making yourself an effective advocate: Be organized, be on time, speak clearly and dress appropriately. All of these things will set you apart from most of the people the judge sees every day, and he'll be more inclined to rule in your favor if you make his job easier.

Accept a plea

If you're looking at multiple charges, ask to plead guilty to the lesser charge in exchange for dismissing the others. You can do this before your proceeding begins. Oftentimes, judges will do this to save time. The benefit to you is that you can save money and points against your insurance. But remember: The plea bargain only benefits you when you're facing many charges.

Use an attorney

If you're facing serious charges that may result in you losing your license, getting heavy fines or jail time, it's worth bringing a lawyer. That should go without saying, but a lot people think they can fly solo because it's traffic court. Wrong: When your license and your freedom are on the line, you need a lawyer. Ask a friend or consult online listings and reviews to find a lawyer who specializes in traffic offenses.

Request a trial by mail

Most jurisdictions let you make your case by mail. The advantages are twofold. First, you can sit down and think out your case without the pressure of being on the spot and facing the arresting officer and the judge. Second, if you lose, you can request a trial in person, which means you get a second bite at the apple.

Getting ticketed

If there is a common denominator to these tips, it's that you need to know how to handle yourself in a difficult situation. While many men know how to handle a tough day at work or a fight with their girlfriends, an encounter with the law can be a bit scary. The best advice is to relax and fall back on what you've learned.


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      wstev871
      • 2 Years Ago
      hot
      boowah
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was pulled over at 12 midnight for making a right turn on red. The sign had gone up just 24 hours prior in a place that I had driven over for years on my way home from work. My mistake was,in being too eager to explain, I got out of the car. I was promptly thrown up against the car and ordered to put my hands on the roof. After being frisked I was allowed to provide my explaination. Fortunatly, I was given a warning and sent on my way.
      phbotham
      • 2 Years Ago
      Florida you are one hot mess of a state! Most of the crazy news comes from you.
        reste0123
        • 2 Years Ago
        @phbotham
        You got that right for sure..Topless, pickup truck, Florida, husband, boyfriend???? Now you do the math, does it not add up to a crazy redneck?...Oh and a teaching job to boot...
      ehb5150
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey stimsrae, from the context of your comments, it's no surprise that your citation got written the way it did. And oh. by the way, although I am a male and also a cop, your comment about female police officers is not only ignorant but it's flat ass wrong. From the sounds of it, had it been me you would have been afforded more courtesy than it sounds like you afforded the officer. As far as "almost all officers" breaking the law, you would know this how? All officers are human and have lapses in their day to day driving just like anyone else. But I beleive that 99.999% of the officers serving out there would accept the consequences of a traffic contact when wrong without trying to 'badge' the officer that stopped them. If you can't show your intelligence, at least don't reveal your ignorance!
        MIKEY'S SCREEN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ehb5150
        Isn't it amazing how many people out there talk bad about ALL cops, until they need one? Fully agree with you. The reason(s) why this country is in the sewer is because people do not want to take responsibility for their actions, blaming everybody else for it. No respect for anybody or anything (remember how the Vietnam Vet was treated, and then 9/11 came along and everybody now loves the military).
      tierraroja
      • 2 Years Ago
      And this woman wants the responsibility of teaching and caring for our children in the public classroom!!!????
      js3579
      • 2 Years Ago
      In your "what to do" segment if pulled over by police.... try and wear some clothes.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "As for ignorance, think again. It might work if you're a cute girl, but for most guys, it's just a lame excuse" So is this writer saying that cute girls are just naturally known to be ignorant??? OUCH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just as that saying goes, don't ever wear dirty underwear because you never know when you'll get into an accident, this lady shouldn't have been topless without at least having a shirt or some sort of cover up in case of an emergency such as getting pulled over by the police!
        hony53
        • 2 Years Ago
        Aw c'mon, Ksathy, this is pretty funny, and......she's not bad looking, either.
        hony53
        • 2 Years Ago
        Didn't mean to mispedd your name :(
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes be nice because the narcissistic ass hole that is stopping you is scared shitless and he is one of the biggest cowards in your city. He will do what ever he can to impress you that he is rough and tough and if you don't seem afraid of his awesome power he will continue to harass you until you submit to his mistreatment.
        MIKEY'S SCREEN
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hmmmmm! Problems with cops, huh?
        ImportantFacts
        • 2 Years Ago
        Exactly. Ummmm duhhhhhhh, I couldn't hack college, so I uhmmmmm.....duhhhhhhhh...took this 6 week trainin' program and now I a certified professional! LOL
      lilloric
      • 2 Years Ago
      i sure hope this idiot doesn't keep that teaching job. i don't think i buy the excuse of why she ran. how hard is it to put the shirt back on before the cop reaches your car? i'm betting there were some illegal substances involved that were either swallowed or ditched. if they were swallowed i hope the baggies break. she could have killed someone acting that way
      dexrmerritt
      • 2 Years Ago
      boo ya Trish71699fl2
      shenandoahauto
      • 2 Years Ago
      All women should drive topless ( & )( & ) or ( * )( * ) and somtimes ( o )( o ).
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