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Just Another Day at the Precinct

Years ago, it was quite popular for some people to have a police scanner in their homes so that they could keep track of what was going on around them. One elderly lady would drop everything if she heard a siren and hurry over to her favorite chair, turn on the scanner and then listen to find out what was going on and where. Then, with many a “Tsk, tsk,” and “My, oh, my,” she would call her daughter to tell her what had taken place so that they could once again discuss what the world was coming to.

Most of us don’t have police scanners, but it is interesting now and again to look on a police website and read the reports of what took place in our area or in other peoples’ neighborhoods.

A brief reading of the police reports from Aberdeen District between August 6, 2012 and August 11, 2012 included the following news.

There was a crash on I-90 near Sturgis where an intoxicated driver of a Chevy Traverse lost control and collided with the guard rail and ended up in the ditch. Two passengers were injured and the driver was arrested.

There was another crash on SD 45 south of Miller. The intoxicated driver missed a curve in the road, hit a ditch and crashed into two concrete culverts, rolled over and caught fire. The driver escaped major injuries, but did not escape arrest for a DUI as well as for not possessing a driver’s license nor insurance.

A driver in Sturgis ran a stop sign, drawing attention to himself. He was investigated and then arrested for his 3rd offense felony DUI. One has to wonder how a person could continue to break the same law again and again. Thankfully, he wasn’t one of the people causing an accident that night.

Last of all, a driver was stopped for an equipment violation and he had no license on him. He gave an erroneous name and birth date to the officers, who easily determined that he didn’t match the description of that person, a Kansas driver. The mystery man was arrested for DUI and impersonation with intent to deceive.

This might not be riveting material for everyone, but the elderly lady mentioned at the beginning would certainly have taken notice if they were in her neighborhood. People who drink need to realize that they are always in someone’s neighborhood, and therefore they should not impair their judgment and possibly hurt someone.

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