From staff and staff reports
A 14-year-old male was pulled over to the side of the road Friday during a routine traffic stop, and later cited for driving without possession of a proper license.
Officers from Bass Lake Authority Police stopped the vehicle, a red-colored automobile, around 3:30 p.m., “just after school had gotten out,” according to the on-duty officer and verification from the school district at which the student-driver had departed less than 30 minutes prior.
Police realized the lack of permitted driving after the vehicle was stopped, not prior to it.
“It was not a big deal,” the police report said. “Before that point, nothing seemed unusual. It was only after the driver was determined to be exceeding the suggested speed-zone speed that a citation was entered into the system.”
Several teens of roughly the same age were in the vehicle, but were not charged, because they were well-behaved, police said. The perpetrators were release to the custody of parents. Some of those parents were someone else’s parents.
Seventeen minutes after the incident, the patrolman was involved in a one-vehicle crash, but no injuries were reported. He was wearing a safety-harness.