Black Man Arrested During Test Drive
Via The Grio reports:
Jon-Christopher Sowells took a test drive that he’ll never forget!
The Gwinnett County, Ga., man went shopping for a BMW and decided to take the car for a test drive. What happened next was disturbing. The cops pulled him over and cuffed him for obstruction, according to the GA Daily News.
It all started when Sowells drove a BMW out of Philips Motors in Snellville for a test run. He drove onto a highway and was stopped by police officers soon after. According to Sowells, the officer said he didn’t have any tags on the car.
“I said, ‘No problem.’ I don’t have any tags on this car because it’s not my car,” Sowells said he told one of the officers. “The dealer is right there. We can get it all clarified.”
When Sowells asked the officers repeatedly to call and confirm his test drive with the dealership, they allegedly refused. Sowells said the officers asked to view a document that was strewn across the vehicle’s back seat. Not knowing what it was, he refused.
The officers then resorted to using bully tactics, Sowells claims. “They asked me to get out of the car. I said ‘I don’t feel comfortable.’ They commenced to open up the car door and they tried to drag me out of the door by my left arm,” he contends.
It was at this point that the officers called for backup.
The police report states that Sowells tried pulling away from the policemen. When the lawmen pulled out their tasers, Sowells then acquiesced and was arrested on the spot.
Sowells is upset by the incident because, “they’re treating me like I’m a criminal and I hadn’t done anything.”
Here’s what the Snellville police department had to say about the matter.
BTW, Sowells ended up purchasing the BMW after all!
Do you think the cops were right to arrest the man on the test dive?
Their were no plates on the vehicle. And if he would have given them the document on the rear seat which proved the vehicle belongs to the dealership he would have probably been on his way.