If he didn't radio the tag to the cops, it won't hold up in court. Mr. Escalade will get off
...they were pulled over 2 exits up...I drove around some more, and they had a huge speed trap going both directions
Doesn't matter if they were pulled over, if a cop radios a traffic violation to another cop, he must report the license number.
If not, it's assumed another escalade could have been there, and they could not determine who the person was driving the escalade the cop saw.
They will write you a ticket for it, but just take it to court. The cop on the radio has to show up, as does the cop who wrote the ticket. The judge will ask "did you radio the tag number along with the description of the vehicle?"
Then, he'll ask "Is it possible the escalade you pulled over was not the escalade the officer saw preportedly commiting the traffic offense?"
But, you never know if the cop told the bike cop to just look out for a speeding Escalade, and the cop on the bike got him on his own radar.
You're right though, the 1st cop would have had to gotten the Escalade's plates, otherwise, the 2nd cop would have had to gotten the Escalade on his OWN radar, and not take the word of the 1st cop.
But another thing, if you are driving an Escalade, and you got a ticket based on the 1st cops radar, and not the cop that pulled the Escalade over, what are the odds of the Escalade driver actually contesting the ticket? The bike cop could have just told the Escalade that he got him on his own radar, and just used the 1st cop's reading.
Cops BS a fair amount of their tickets because they know that the vast majority of the population won't contest them. Hell, it's your right to view the radar if you are pulled over by a cop who claimed to get you on his radar, but 90% of people won't ask to do so. That's why cops write so many tickets, because they just make shit up all the time.
I rode along with a friend of the family who is a cop a few years ago while he was on patrol, and it was about 11 P.M., and we were parked in front of a cemetary overlooking a busy road. It was also in a very wealthy neighborhood mind you. Anyways, we were sitting there for like a half hour, and he's telling me about a bunch of BS, blah blah blah. All of the sudden, a POS early ninety rust bucket Buick goes past us carrying 3 black people, or african americans if you want to be gay about it. The cop got him on radar, but the radar read 34, and it was a 35 zone. The cop decides to pull the car over about a quarter of a mile down the road.
He asks for the driver's license and proof of insurance and runs it back in the car where I am waiting. Nothing comes up, no warrants or outstanding shit like that, so the cop starts thumbing through what looks like a Bible. Actually, it's an ordinance book, and the cop was so bent up on giving these guys a ticket (I guess he hates black people or something) that he goes through this book and finds something to give these guys a ticket for.
He winds up giving them a ticket for expired tags (ok, so that part wasn't too bad, since they did have tags that were almost a year old), some ticket for not having their trunk properly latched (the trunk was somewhat bent causing it to look like it was open when it clearly wasn't)and a ticket for broken rear taillight. There was a hole in the taillight the size of a half dollar, and you could barely even notice it.
And for some reason, I forgot which reason he used, he searched the car and persons. I was blown out of my mind, but some people are actually stupid enough to let a cop do an illegal search on them, but some people are so scared or intimidated by authority figures, that they just let them take advantage of them.
Anyways, he wound up finding nothing but an empty tall boy in the back on the floor, and poured out what seemed to be like 5 milliliters of beer from it onto the pavement, and arrested two of the "suspects." He had them taken away in some other cops car since I was in his car. Pretty funny though how stupid some people can be to let cops do half of the things they do.