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posted: 8/22/2011 5:00 AM

Rattled as police car follows her at night

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Warning, be careful, be very careful if you happen to be driving alone at night in the downtown Arlington Heights area.

After attending a baby shower Friday evening July 22, I decided to walk around the downtown area for air and exercise, however I became uncomfortable when a car was slowly following along my walk and decided to go home.

I was parked on Miner close to Dunton and at first thought nothing of a car that appeared behind me and followed me down Dunton.

However, after the vehicle turned right on Oakton, I was becoming concerned.

After driving almost a mile on Oakton and turning left on Dryden, this vehicle, again closely following, turns. When, once again I turned right at Thomas, this car again turns and panic is setting in. As I am contemplating what to do, the police vehicle turns on his flashing lights.

I was very upset a police car would follow a woman alone, at midnight, for almost two miles without identifying itself, and issue three tickets for violations. Supposedly one occurred near the downtown area and another for not turning on my turn signal.

When I told the officer he had scared me to death, he was unconcerned. Women are told to call 911 when frightened, what if the perceived threat is 911?

Sheryl Hogan

Arlington Heights