Cop Forces Simon to Idle

2/28/2009 6:55 AM PST

Cop Forces Simon to Idle

Simon Cowell saves his charm for when it counts -- he apparently talked his way out of a ticket!

This pic shows the "American Idol" judge in the clutches of a Beverly Hills cop this afternoon. The PD told us it was a "non-event traffic stop" and no citation was issued.

We're thinking the violation was for putting a 4th judge on the show. It really sucks.

UPDATE: TMZ has learned that Simon didn't have his license and wasn't wearing his seat belt while being stopped. He was not cited.