Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speed enforcement on Hwy 77, just south of Kingsville , Texas
One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding
vehicles approaching the town of Kingsville . The officers were
suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour
The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then it suddenly turned off.
Just then a deafening roar over the Mesquite treetops on Hwy 77 revealed
that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was
engaged in a low flying exercise near this, it's Naval Air home base
location in Kingsville.
Back at the Texas Highway Patrol Headquarters in Corpus Christi the
Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the US Naval Base Commander in
Kingsville for shutting down his equipment.
The reply came back in true USMC style:
'Thank you for your letter....
You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet
had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to, your
hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to
it, which is why it shut down.
Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft
had also automatically locked on to your equipment's location.
Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation
for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status
and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile
was launched to destroy the hostile radar position on the side of Hwy
77 So. of Kingsville.
The pilot suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.
Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his
dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose.
Also, the snap is broken on his holster.'