On July 29, as I crossed the state line into Idaho, I was pulled over by Lewiston Police for a ""outine traffic stop." The officer took my insurance, driver's license and registration, then called in a detective with a K-9 unit. I am law-abiding and complied with their demands.
I was detained for 90 minutes. More police came. I was interrogated and told not to make any calls. They took my phone and pawed through my purse. Unbeknownst to me, they called my family and asked for the reason I was traveling to Idaho. It was to help with an estate sale. We recently lost our mother.
My car is scratched, carpet torn loose, clothes from my suitcases strewn about. My cooler with meat and vegetables was ruined in the 100 degree heat. The pizza I had just purchased was baking in the sun.
The officers could not find anything to cite me for. Before I was released, they told me they were working from a report of "a blond woman from Washington, driving a white car, transporting a pound and a half of amphetamines."
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I received no apology and I feel very violated. I do not have a criminal record. I wonder how many other women suffered this indignity.
BARBARA BLOOMFIELD, Grandview