As we were leaving CULICAN (Sinaloa) we were caught in the ‘classic’ scenario. It was both a Sunday and an afternoon and we were on the edge of town on our way out.
Cops. Gilbert Arnulfo #284 @ 1420hrs 24 46'007"/107 21'747"
They stopped us and started the dance. Their claim was that we ran a red light – but it was two lights ago (a ploy designed to make it long enough back that we can’t remember there being two lights so maybe we did???). We stood firm, denied the infraction, spoke French and certainly NO Spanish. Handed over photocopy of the Driver Licence....finally they got tired of us and sent us on our way.
I did offer them to accompany them to the police station – to show our originals and to see the ‘photos’ of the infraction. This of course was ignored as this is contrary to the shake-down.
The one thing that made this one different is that they wanted our licence plate –instead of our original Driver’s Licence - as ‘guarantee’ that we would not leave without paying.