I didn't see this thread until after I posted my 'Where were you guys reply?' on the original spotter's thread. During my 3 hour stint on Hog Island Road yesterday, I saw several cop cars (post Ford PIs and Explorers) drive by me several times without incident. I also saw a lot of wild ATV riders along the road as well. As I stated earlier, there was a mass ATV gathering north of 8-26.
When I finally decided to head home, another police car drove by me heading towards UPS (I was facing the Fort Mifflin intersection and tunnel). I drove along Fort Mifflin Road heading towards Enterprise Ave. at a leisurely rate, when all of a sudden, this cop car starts approaching me very fast with its lights on. I naturally pull over to let him go by but he stops right behind me.
The officer, a black gentlemen by the name of Officer Snow approaches me and asks me if there's anything wrong because he saw me stopped along the road earlier. I politely responded that I had no car trouble but I stopped to watch some planes land. He asked me if I was a pilot, to which I replied no but I am somewhat of an aviation enthusiast. He asked me what type of planes I liked and I gave him a few examples (717, 757, 767, etc.). He then asked me how often I come out here. I truthfully told him sporadically since 1990, when I first moved down here from the Boston area. I even told him I was involved in a lot of the various building and construction projects at PHL
through my job. He noticed the binoculars in my car and asked about them to which I replied that they're and old set from my grandfather's they still work. He did not ask me to demonstrate them.
Officer Snow did ask me for my license, registration & insurance card. I was able to give him the latter 2 right then and there but when I told him that my driver's license was in my wallet in the trunk of my car, he told me that he didn't need to see it. He looked over my registration & insurance card, then handed it back to me and told me to have a nice day and left without incident.
He proceeded north on Fort Mifflin Road, turned left on Enterprise Ave. then turned off at Executive Ave. (the street before the Island Ave. bend) to make a U-turn. I just proceeded to Island Ave. and unto I-95 South for home.
While I now can see that my being stood up was not intentional, I would suggest that if there is a future spotter's meeting and the location changes from the street to the garage (due to police or whatever), you might want to state that in your post. You guys were obviously at the garage at the same time I was at the Wagner tree. Had I known you were at the garage, I definitely would've caught up and met you. I had cooler load of bottled water in anticipation of the heat ready for the taking.
Regarding any police harassment you may have incurred, you may want to send a complaint letter to BOTH Charles Isdell (Director of DOA) AND
Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson. That'll more likely give you some better results than just talking about it on a web-site forum.
Just my 2 cents.
BTW, thanks for the photo post, I now know who to look for in the future.
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