The first question he asked Henri was something about what was the origin of our trip. Henri said we had just left to head back home from a visit with our daughters and grand kids. The officer asked Henri if we had any drugs in the trunk. Henri told him we didn't. Then the officer asked if we had any marijuana. (I guess that was just in case Henri didn't think marijuana was a drug.) Henri asked "You mean because of my ponytail?" The officer said "No, of course not." Henri assured him that we didn't have any marijuana. Then the officer asked if we were carrying any firearms with us. Again Henri told him no. After all the questions, the officer handed Henri a warning and explained that he pulled us over because he thought that Henri had been driving a little erratically.
If you're a regular reader, I'm sure you've seen Henri's ponytail before and a favorite tie dyed shirt that he always seems to have on whenever I take a picture of him. (I promise you, he actually has two of these, so it's really not the same shirt you see each time.) Well, of course he just happened to be wearing it again when we were pulled over. And, yes he's also wearing an earring in his left ear too. So I can see how the officer may have gotten the impression that we were pot smoking hippie freaks.
But here's something that may have helped give the officer a wrong impression too. Well, if you're reading this blog our license plate is self explanatory, but the good officer may have taken this as a brazen message of a criminal driving a flashy car. (This is the part that I explain that our Mercedes is actually 11 years old and we bought it used from a relative that gave us a really good deal on it. But it has become Henri's minor little passion and he takes delight in keeping it all polished up just like it was new.)
After getting over our initial surprise of this entire incident, after it was all over we actually had a really good laugh about it. We have great respect for police officers and realized that this officer was just following up on something that maybe looked a little out of place. And, the officer even had an excuse for why Henri's driving may have been a little erratic. It was because of Simon.