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Dozens Stopped in Knightstown for Operation Pullover
December 3, 2008 - The Knightstown police department conducted its first-ever Operation Pullover in town Friday night, and the net result was 21 citations and an additional 36 written warnings.
Police Chief Danny Baker said his department was out in full force from 5-9 p.m., and more than 60 motorists were pulled over for various infractions. The police department did not issue any tickets for drug or alcohol-related incidents.
Deputy Derek Hall wrote seven tickets and an additional nine warnings. Officers Dan Denney and Tony Lorton made 12 and 14 stops, respectively. Baker made 18 stops himself.
“The whole purpose of this exercise is to make the streets in town safer,” Baker said. “I consider it a success for being our first one.”
Baker said one of the stops resulted in the discovery of a suspected driver, and that the department also gave out a handful of verbal warnings.
“I did have one guy that I was just going to warn about not wearing his seatbelt,” Baker said. “But he was kind of upset at being pulled over and told me to just write his ticket so he could be on his way.”
Baker said in every incident in which an automobile was stopped, officers had a specific reason for doing so. “Some had a taillight out, others weren’t wearing their seatbelts, some were speeding and some had a license plate light out,” Baker said. “I think, for just a four-hour period, we accomplished what we were after.”
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