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You be the law: What would you do?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Several years ago I regularly did columns describing examples of incidents involving law enforcement -- and how they were handled.

These usually were interesting enough to publish but not serious enough to put in the police blotter.

We've had some interesting incidents lately. Looks like it's time to restart those columns.

Get your thinking caps on and consider these items.

Gotta get there -- fast!

A driver sped a friend with a severely-bleeding cut "down to the bone" to Heritage Medical Center the other night.

He was driving 75 mph in a 30 mph zone on North Main Street with a police officer (who was initially unaware of his reason for speeding) attempting to stop him, while telling a Communications Center dispatcher that he wouldn't stop and the cop would have to follow him to the hospital.

Fortunately, it happened relatively late at night when less traffic was on the road.

A supervising sergeant told the officer to cancel the traffic stop attempt but to continue to the hospital and talk to the driver, who was up to 115 mph at this point.

How would you have handled this?

(The driver was told he could have injured innocent people and his speeds were "extremely dangerous" -- and cited for reckless driving.)

Round 'em up, boys!

Sheriff's deputies were forced to chase down huge hogs roaming Highway 64 West last week. Most, if not, all of the on-duty force tried to grab hogs larger than they are.

And Tuesday night, following a car-horse crash (or "car vs. horse" as the com center dispatcher said) near Bell Buckle, deputies had to round up loose horses on Highway 82 near Bell Buckle.

Should deputies be forced -- and it is forced, because these animals can cause accidents -- to capture stray livestock? Or do you consider that part of their routine duty?

(County deputies frequently have to spend time clearing loose animals from road, as in these cases.)

Out of tune

Someone complained of a driver playing "loud, vulgar" music in a car at Harris Middle School's parking lot as classes let out the other afternoon.

Apparently the caller was upset about crude lyrics more than volume.

Should individuals have the right to silence others' music based on content if on school grounds? Or off school grounds?

(The officer ordered the offender to cut down the music.)

All tied up

An intoxicated 22-year-old woman, while playing games in her home with family members, became angry at what she felt were insulting comments toward her and began striking her sister-in-law and mother's boyfriend in the face.

The mother's boyfriend, who told police the woman was "going crazy," took her to another room and tied her hands and feet with bandanas. She was able to get loose, leave and contact authorities.

So...Is that a form of self-defense or going too far, even to as far as what I'll call temporary kidnapping?

(The woman and the man who tied her up were both charged with domestic assault.)

--David Melson is the Times-Gazette's copy editor. He can be reached at dmelson@t-g.com.


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The driver was worried I'm sure. We all worry about our children but the laws are set and we have to follow. An ambulance can pick a wounded patient up and start treating them right then which leads to the cow or horse wandering out in front of your car....if an ambulance hits a horse or cow there are 2 people on board so maybe the one in the back will continue to help your child. The hospital is aware they are on the way. NO law enforcement should not have to round up large animals. They are not cowboys, they are police officers. The owners should be fined!!!' It seems to be the same herd most of the time. As for the all tied up...I guess video games that cause such anger should be exchanged for PAC-MAN. What ya think?

-- Posted by vanessatunevincent on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 10:09 AM


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