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One woman, possibly the kind Mikkelsen says he knows should be pulled over, stops at a red light near Main Street and Westport Road. She rolls down the passenger window of her SUV. Mikkelsen and his friends yell about the checkpoint.
"Are you serious? she shouts back. "Ah, I gotta straighten the fuck up!"
Then she drives toward the checkpoint.
Mikkelsen and his companions release victorious howls into the frosty air with each turning car, a sort of rebel yell for those who believe that checkpoints are an infringement on civil liberties.
At one point, it appears that the police have ceased stopping drivers. Many squad cars have left the site on calls, speeding away with sirens blaring.
"Now they're not stopping anybody," Mikkelsen says, surprised and giddy. He tweets the development. But the anti-checkpoint group can't claim victory.
Mikkelsen trudges down the street to get a closer look at the stop. Officers soon begin checking drivers again. Mikkelsen takes to Twitter to let Kansas City know.
"The checkpoint is running again at 40th & Main St," he taps into his phone. And Tim dutifully retweets the information to KCCheckpoint's followers.
The night ends with 544 vehicles stopped, 13 arrests for driving under the influence and an undetermined number of vehicles that, with Mikkelsen's help, escaped.