CO Gary Sommers (Walker) encountered a situation that necessitated his intervention.
During a recent 24-inch snowfall the highway was covered with packed snow, which became very slippery and rutted. This made travel in the area dangerous and difficult. While on patrol, a vehicle approached from behind the officer and started to drive on the shoulder, which was clear of snow, as vehicles had not packed it down like the traffic lane.
The car continued to approach on the shoulder and soon overtook Officer Sommers, accelerating as it went by. CO Sommers initiated a traffic stop, however the driver failed to stop, even though emergency lights had been activated. After some distance, the car finally started to slow, eventually pulling over.
When the driver was questioned regarding his driving conduct he said, "I thought you were some dummy driving too slow, besides, the road was too bad to drive on and I could drive faster on the shoulder." The officer further questioned the driver why he had failed to stop when he observed emergency lights, he said, "I thought you were a snow plow." CO Sommers advised the driver that it was illegal to pass on the right. The driver questioned, "I thought if there was an emergency you could pass on the right." When the officer inquired as to what the emergency was, he stated, "I'm on my way to the casino."
Which ones do I keep?
CO Alan Peterson (Osage) observed an angler catching bluegills nearly one per minute, placing the small ones on the ice and keeping the larger ones in a pail. On two occasions he left smaller fish on the ice for 20 minutes, the second time pushing them back in the water on the Officer's approach. The angler said the little ones were interfering with his attempt to catch the bigger ones. He was cited for culling.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) chuckled after reading a huge "no trespassing" sign on an unoccupied lake home, which read: "Warning, trespassers will be atomized and beamed to Pluto."
Must be a Texas thing
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) followed up on a TIP call of a person riding in the bed of a pickup truck hunting with an uncased bow. Contact was made with the hunter and it was determined that the individual was hunting rabbits and squirrel from the pickup with his bow. The hunter went on to say that he often hunts this way in his home state of Texas and was following in the footsteps of his grandfather who holds the record for the largest armadillo taken in Texas with a bow.
I'm going for some fresh air, dear
While checking a group of four fishermen on Lake of the Woods, CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the fish house. When questioned about this, two of the men produced marijuana and marijuana pipes. One of the men stated he was fishing in a portable fish house nearby with his wife, and asked if he could go back there to continue fishing since he did not possess any marijuana, and was only "visiting." After issuing citations to that group, CO Gorecki went to the portable house to check the husband and wife's fish. When the discussion returned to the marijuana incident, the wife became quite upset with the husband. Apparently the husband told his wife that he was "going for some fresh air."
An ATV operator cited for intentionally riding on a trail in the closed Pillsbury State Forest told CO Jim Tischler (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area), "You do what you can get away with."
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