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A tense moment

July 6, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
You can say what you want for police in this valley- some are better than others - but after witnessing a traffic stop made by an Ohio County Sheriff's deputy on Sunday I have new respect for what they do. I don't know who the deputy was but he was alone in his cruiser. He was chasing a speeding vehicle down GC&P Road when the vehicle swerved onto a small bridge I presume in an effort to hide from the deputy. The deputy passed the bridge but doubled back after seeing the car hiding there. The deputy pulled in behind the speeder and proceeded with the stop. He was there for a while and at one point, someone in the car got out and walked around to the other side of the vehicle. My husband and I watched this with some trepidation for the officer. He was alone and this guy who got out of the car was pretty big and it was a rather secluded spot. I kept hoping there was backup coming for the deputy, but he didn't need it after all. I keep forgetting deputies wear guns ... Anyway, it appears that a citation was issued and then the deputy and the other vehicle were on their way. But for a few short moments, I felt fear for what was happening on that secluded little bridge off the beaten path. I thought maybe we should walk over a little closer but my husband said that we would only add distraction for the officer and unless we see the situation escalate, we should remain on our porch. I am happy the situation turned out to be routine but I think we don't appreciate what these officers do and what they face. Would you have gone closer? Or would you have stayed on your porch? As a newspaper reporter I thought about getting closer and taking a picture, but if it was merely a traffic stop and a citation for speeding, and we don't usually run a photo of such things. What would you have done?


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