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Police Blotter

Expired tags, a traffic stop and an accidental 911 call

Expired registration tags

At around 1:49 p.m. on Nov. 4, a police officer was doing their stationary patrol within 200 feet of Waterstreet and saw a silver sedan with expired registration tags from January 2023.

The officer began following the sedan and ran plates through the Mobile Database Computer (MDC) to review the car’s records. The tags had expired on Jan. 5, which the Communications Center confirmed.

After confirming the expired tags, the officer turned on their sirens and pulled the sedan over, initiating a traffic stop.

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The officer looked at their license, and the driver was from Wisconsin. The plates were also Wisconsin plates. The driver said they had no idea their tags were expired, and that the vehicle wasn’t theirs, but their fathers.

Then the officer wrote a citation for violation of WI SS 341.04, non-registration of a vehicle. The citation had a bond of $175.30, with no points on their license.

The officer then left the scene after answering any questions the driver had about the citation. 

Traffic stop

At around 10:50 p.m. on Nov. 5, around Carson Park, a police officer performed a random registration check on a vehicle that had expired on Aug. 31.

The officer then initiated a traffic stop, where there was a female driver alone in the vehicle.

The driver did not realize their tags were expired and said she had not been issued a citation in the past.

The driver had been pulled over in September 2023, where they were issued a warning for non-registration auto. The officer then told the driver they were going to issue a citation for the violation. The driver understood and was cooperative throughout the stop.

The driver was fined $175.30, with no points assessed.

The officer did have struggles in completing and printing the citation, due to computer issues, but told the driver the citation would be mailed to them with information on the ticket and the non-mandatory court date. 

Accidental 911 call

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 2, an officer was dispatched to one of the residence halls, regarding a 911 call that was made.

The officer was informed that the line had been silent and had not been answered when called back.

The officer then searched the phone number through CampS, where they found the student’s name, hall and room number.

The officer tried to reach the person via text message and phone call and received no response.

When the officer finally reached the student’s room, the roommate was the one who had answered the door. The officer had explained the situation to the roommate, they told the officer the caller had just left before they arrived.

The roommate said that the phone call was accidental and that the caller’s phone was broken. The roommate assured the officer that there was no emergency and that the caller was safe and okay.

The officer then ended the investigation. 

Boggess can be reached at [email protected].

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