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03/11/11 at 9pm. My friend and I were driving down highway 37 and near ATTC I found I was behind a vehicle driving 40mph. I did not think much of this until at Ponderosa Steak House this vehicle was driving 30mph and weaving half way in the turn lane and out. At that point, my friend called the Tell City Police Department to report this possible drunk driver. Dispatch answered and took our location and the caller’s name, residence etc. In the left hand turn lane by the new Chuckles at a green traffic light, I sat behind this inebriated driver- who in the left hand turn lane waited a full minute prior to driving straight. Now still on the phone with dispatch this also was reported and the location of the vehicle. Curious of where they went next we waited and watched. The original call to TCPD was at 9:13pm. This car sat at the gas station a crossed from the liquor store parked at an angle in between the gas pumps and the parking place. (Yes we reported this to the dispatcher as well with a second call-location especially.) Proceeded to watch the vehicle leave the gas station and go to the liquor store- still parking a good car length away from the parking spot-crooked and a female stumble into T&R Liquor and a few minutes later-stumble out, to pull out into traffic and continue on to 12th street. This vehicle drove 25 mph all the way through town weaving in and out of the lanes and driving straight in turn lanes. We followed this Silver Volvo with Kentucky Plates until it proceeded straight in the right hand turn lane near McDonalds forcing another vehicle to swerve out of its way when the driver decided to drive straight. Still wondering why we had not merely even passed a police officer or spotted one since entering Tell City. Turning into our destination of McDonalds to our amazement we find three police vehicles parked facing Old National Bank! Time on clock- 9:31pm.
I noticed there were multiple officers sitting in the back of McDonalds! While waiting on our food a reserve officer walks in to place his order and join the bunch in the back with a lady at his side.
I am disgusted at this. While a drunk driver- who has made it all the way down Hwy 37- stopped at the gas station for directions and the liquor store for more to drink, drunkenly drove through our little town of Tell City to Kentucky, swerving in and out of traffic while our Tell City Police Department was at McDonalds- or no where to be found. I understand there is probably a fair share of "false reports". I understand lunch brakes, but all together? Where are our police on a Friday night? Where is our police period? We followed that drunk driver for a good while- and nothing- they drove right past the police. I only recognized two of the officers, as I was already sitting down eating my food and they were walking out. I was too disgusted to even look at the rest of them for identification.
What can be done to better out police force? How are calls scanned- by the dispatch? Is it dispatch’s call what they report to the officers? Is it the officers call what they check into? This is not this first time I have witnessed an unanswered event. Maybe someone can explain this process to me?
Why are there numerous reports are not taken seriously? If more reports were investigated and acted on, perhaps little children would not be getting beat up in troy with baseball bats? Drunk drivers would be in jail instead of murdering our friends and family on the highway. This could all be prevented I believe. I’m sure the position of a Tell City Police Officer can be over whelming at times- but take pride in your work. Not just pride in your title.
Serve and protect, no matter what the last name of the caller reporting to dispatch is. The dispatcher sometimes takes so much time asking questions of the person calling in that- it is only time wasted. A patrol car could already be on their way to check it out.
Serve and protect- do our officers need more training?
Serve and protect- will I still be treated as a fair fellow citizen after writing this piece?
Serve and protect- Officers, how would you feel if no one answered your families calls of distress, and concern, or a drunk driver hit and killed your wife and kids? All because you or your buddies were enjoying a tasty treat at McDonalds together?