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VIDEO: Michigan trooper very much dislikes cyclist on rural road

A cyclist fought the law and the law lost.

According to the Ann Arbor News, a Ford Motor Co. engineer, Tim Panagis, found himself on the unfriendly end of an exchange with a Michigan State trooper for riding on a rural road outside of Ann Arbor. Video shows the cyclist being "pulled over" by the trooper, and the subsequent exchange between Panagis and the trooper, who is unnamed.

And here's what the paper had to say:

An Ann Arbor bicyclist fought a traffic ticket and won after a Michigan State trooper cited him for obstructing the road during a ride in Livingston County.

In June 2015, Ford Motor Co. engineer Tim Panagis was riding with a group through Green Oak Township when an officer pulled them over.

The four cyclists were riding two abreast when a trooper used his PA system to instruct them to ride single file. The cyclists complied, and Panagis looked back to see the trooper following closely in his patrol car.

Panagis then waved the officer by, and the trooper pulled the cyclists over, the dash-cam video shows.

To Panagis, it was a sign he'd used hundreds of times to signal to drivers the riders felt safe with the vehicle passing.

"I've done that for hundreds of cars. It's taken as a nice gesture," Panagis said. "I was simply trying to say, 'I feel safe with you passing me now.'"

The trooper, however, appeared to disagree.

"Now, that to me, gives me the impression that you want to be a smart aleck," he said in the dash-cam video from the patrol car.

Be sure to head over to MLive to finish the story.




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