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J 17 :REPORT By Mike Lakin OA burned-out license plate light ended i with an arrest and a car seized by the police department. Ofc. Kyle Veech pulled the vehicle over. He immediately noticed the windows were down, the sunroof was open, and it was about 30 - windy, drizzly, and cold. The driver had on short sleeves. The passenger sported glassy, red, and bloodshot eyes. Ofc. Veech realized this was going to be interesting. The driver had a history of drug charges. The passen- O u ger had a revoked license. Due to everything observed, Ofc. Veech told the driver he was going to mn his canine around her car as a free air sniff. ID With assistance from deputy Colebrook, Ofc. Veech started a search. He imme- P O ........... i=a diately found a gallon size plastic baggie with that very famous green leafy sub- stance in it. The passenger admitted the plastic bag was his and it contained can- nabis. He then told Ofc. Veech there was a scale under the front seat. The passenger had $3000 in his pants pocket. He said it was an income tax refund. The passenger was arrested, the 1996 Geo Prizm and the money was seized by the Mt Pulaski Police Department. OOfc. Todd Bauer pulled over a motor- ist for doing 62 in a 40-mile an hour zone. When advised of why he was stopped, the driver said he was headed to Lincoln, in a hurry to use the bathroom. The in car computer was not working, so Ofc. Bauer issued the driver a speeding ticket. When the in car computer came back online, it was discovered the driver was suspended. The city of Lincoln Police Department was notified and the driver was arrested in Lincoln for driving Suspended. That had to have hurt, because the driver must've been confident he had skated by. Nothing in the report about the bathroom issue. OChief Freer knew the driver didn't have a license any longer. It had been suspended by the state of Illinois and yet there's the driver tooling around Mt Pulaski. When the driver pulled into the driveway, Chief Freer stopped for a chat. He asked the driver for his license. The driver provided a valid Califomia license. Chief Freer advised the driver's Illinois license had been suspended. The driver said he did not have an Illinois license and he was never notified of any suspension. As the conversation went along, the driver said he thought he might be suspended because he had received too many tickets. Then he promised Chief Freer he'd take care of that tomorrow Chief Freer then advised.., when a person is suspended in Illinois from driv- ing; he or she cannot legally drive on an out-of-state license. Checking the drivers record "failure to appear after depositing license as bond" appeared on the computer screen. The driver was.taken into custody, transported to the county jail, and issued a citation for driving while suspended. OThere is nothing more grating on the nerves then to purchase a new GPS unit, install it in your car, and find it stolen from your garage the next morning. Along with the GPS unit, a craftsman toolset was also taken. Chief Lynn Freer took the report. OChief Freer ran the registration through the Secretary of State records. The female owner came back valid and clear. The records showed the owner's last name had changed. Chief Freer decided to do a search for a male of the same new last name at the owner's address. The search provided a description of the male and it fit the description of the driver. He had been suspended since May 2012. When Chief Freer approached the driver and explained the suspension, the driver gave the classic response "it was all taken care of". Chief Freer advised his records showed otherwise. The owner of the van was asked for proof of insurance and she promptly presented an insurance card. Checking with the insurance com- pany, Chief .Freer found the policy was terminated in September 2012. The driver was arrested for driving suspended. And now we know police departments can use those in car computers to research someone in ways that are unexpected. I SAVE 29% 99 SAVE 4.q% 2-Pc.Telescopic Lopper/Pruner Set SAVE 33% reg, 59,99 5-Cu.-FL Poly Wheelbarrow L 161352 1 START RIGHT. START HERE: Sale Ends MARCH 31, 2013 Open 7 Days a Week Mon. - Fri. 7;30Am - 6Pro ,Sat. 7:30Am- 5Pm Sun. lOAm - 3Pm .www.facebook.com/ johnsontruevalue 423 S. Washington St. Mt. Pulaski Dave Hansen -- Rene Hubal -- Customer Service NEXT ISSUE - Monday March 18. Short Articles Due 3 pm Tuesday March 12. Long Articles, Photos & Advertising Due 4 pm Monday March 11. Publication of articles submitted at deadlines subject to space available. BLOOD DRIVE, Noon - 6 pm, Monday, March 4 at Lincoln Masonic Center (2022 North Kickapoo, Lincoln). Call Alexis to sign up (toll free) at 1-866-GIVE-BLD, ext. 5158 or online using sponsor code 60057 at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins welcome and appreciated. @~312 hy rn~ Y~ Comply. M r~ts ~v~. FREE Shipping to our store on your TrueValue.com orders.