The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Frankston Police Department came together recently to take part in a “zero tolerance” patrol in the Frankston and Lake Palestine area.
The six-hour effort took place Friday night, with 10 two-man units from the ASCO and three two-man units from the Frankston PD participating.
“The officers were to stop all traffic violators and check for driver’s licenses, insurance status and other possible violations,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor reported. “Officers from the two entities made a total off 66 traffic stops and arrested 15 people.”
Of those 15 arrested, a majority were charged for driving without a license and/or no insurance, which also resulted in the impounding of several vehicles.
“We have zero tolerance for those who violate those laws,” Taylor said. “It is my goal to protect our citizens from those that do.”
According to the sheriff, driving without a license and no insurance are both arrestable offenses, with the only non-arrestable offenses being open container violations or speeding.
The Frankston PD arrested two suspects for drugs — one for possession of K-2 (a synthetic marijuana) and another for possession of marijuana -under 2 ounces.
The ASCO arrested 18-year-old subject Waylon Barton on a warrant out of Henderson County for sexual assault of a child.
“There was a directive to apprehend and transport him,” Taylor said. “He was a juvenile that had just turned 18.”
Both Taylor and Frankston PD Chief Darren Goodman considered the effort a successful one.
“Efforts like these are a good enforcement tool, and we consider this one very success — with no major incidents,” the sheriff said. “We usually do a couple of these a year — in Frankston and Elkhart — and while they require more resources, they are well worth the effort.”
Goodman appreciated the on-site transport that was available to officers for those who were arrested, calling it a big time-saver for their department.
“We really have no place to hold suspects here and we have to transport them to Palestine (a 20-mile trip, one way),” the chief said. “It was nice having a means to get them there quicker.”
Frankston’s entire police force of six officers participated in the effort, the chief said.
“It was fantastic,” he said. “I think it went wonderfully.”
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