A police officer in Loxley Alabama had an encounter with Robert O' Ryan who is the man arrested for allegedly stalking Dancing With The Stars contestant Shawn Johnson. O'Ryan was pulled over on his way to California for driving with expired tags on his license plate. He was also given a ticket for driving without insurance. During the police stop, a dashboard camera in the police car captured the entire sequence of events.
I understand the police can't know everything and we are second guessing which is much easier, but here is the conversation they had, and you tell me what should have been done.
The policeman asked O'Ryan where he was heading. “California,” replied O'Ryan who went on to say he was meeting a friend. “Who is she,” asked the officer. “Shawn Johnson,” mumbled O'Ryan. “She's an Olympic gymnast. She's on TV now.”
During the 29 minute stop, O'Ryan talked about Johnson at least three times, and when asked if he'd ever spoken to her personally, he said only in his dreams.
He also said that he was going to marry her. OK, see to me that is a red flag. You have a guy driving on expired tags in Alabama talking about marrying a woman he has seen only on television and never spoken to personally. At what point if you are the policeman do you start asking more detailed questions? I mean in 29 minutes he kept bringing her name up repeatedly, and each time was more bizarre. Again, I know we are second guessing and that policeman had no way of knowing the guy was going to buy some guns and duct tape and get her to marry him that way. The policeman also has much more experience dealing with people he has pulled over and it was 29 minutes, so he was being very careful.
The policeman didn't know who Shawn Johnson was and maybe he thought the guy was just trying to impress the cop. I do know that if O'Ryan had been successful with his kidnap plot or marriage proposal or whatever he is calling it, this tape would have been much more than just a curiosity thing.