We received the following tale of terror from a reader.
I would like to let you know about an extremely disturbing incident that happened to my daughter and her friend while driving on I-5 south, between Seattle and Portland.
They both live in Portland, and her friend had bought a vintage van, and they went up there to get it and bring it back to Portland.
The van was not driving too well, and they were taking it slow to not overheat – not going over 45 mph.
Very long story short – they were pulled over and the cops came up to their doors with guns pointed at them, screaming at them to put their hands up, etc, etc, etc. There were a total of four cop cars surrounding them.
My daughter thought she was going to die – right then and there. Her friend was pulled from the vehicle, slammed face down in the dirt, roughed up, and hand cuffed. My daughter (21 yrs old) was also handcuffed. They were separated and interrogated for quite some time, still not knowing at all what was going on! They asked them if they had guns, and they said NO – OMG No!!
Anyway, after much interrogation, bullying, intimidating, guns still pointed at them, they finally said that a woman had called in a report that there was a van on I-5 shooting at people on the freeway.
The van had BACKFIRED earlier!
I cannot believe how my daughter and her friend were treated. That woman should be prosecuted for filing a false report! They were eventually let go, but there was no reason to treat them like that!!!
My daughter actually thought these would be her last moments on earth! People need to know what could happen to you if you are traveling between Washington and Oregon and your vehicle backfires!