I heard a story about a girl who didn't pull over when a police car tried to stop her late at night. Instead, she dialed "#77" on her cell phone, which got a police dispatcher who told her there were no police cars in the area.
The e-mail said police have to respect drivers' rights to go to a safe place before they pull over. Is this advice correct?
Sgt. Mike Pattrick of the Lawrence Police Department said, "This story is an urban legend. If a person is worried about stopping for a vehicle, then they should pull their vehicle into a 24-hour business, but consider that could result in additional traffic charges.... If the person had been speeding, driving recklessly, or possibly DUI, then the likelihood of it being a real police car is greatly enhanced."
Calling "#77" in Lawrence doesn't connect a caller to the police department.