The South Carolina Post and Courier has a revealing article that addresses the age old question: what do cops think other cops will do for them?
That Mrs. Phinney was cited at all--astounded Officer Phinney. Officer Phinney is not just a cop, she's a two-fer, she's married to a police officer. And as Officer Phinney told the charging officer, she routinely pulls over speeding law enforcement, who flash their badges, and of course she has the decency not to arrest or charge them.
Isn't that what all cops expect of one another? Officer Phinney unwittingly is letting the cat out of the bag, cops protect their own. But really, are we surprised.
What's frightening is that they gave this officer--who was clearly impaired, any kind of break. The arresting officers didn't conduct a field sobriety test and they didn't ask her to perform a breathalizer. Instead her colleagues charged her with disorderly conduct and speeding; and, then they let her go home.
You and me, we do what Christine Phinney did, trust me, we get tased.