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Cops cooperate in traffic crackdown

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Interagency aid helped police net speeders and arrest drunken drivers in southern Nash County during a recent statewide campaign.

A detective with the Bailey Police Department helped Stantonsburg police in a case of cross-county coordination and Spring Hope officers joined Nashville police during the Labor Day Booze It and Lose It campaign held Aug. 16 through Sept. 3 and organized by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

During the campaign, Bailey police wrote 14 speeding tickets and several other citations. Spring Hope police reported 26 total offenses.

Spring Hope Police Chief Nathan Gant said four of his officers joined the Nashville Police Department in a series of checkpoints from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 24.

“Throughout the night, several individuals were arrested for driving while impaired as well as drugs and a firearm being seized; many individuals received traffic citations for various offenses,” Gant said. “Events such as this are extremely successful when departments come together and saturate an area showing force.”

Gant thanked Nashville police for their hospitality and the Domino’s Pizza served during the briefing prior to the checkpoints getting underway.

Spring Hope and Nashville police have close ties. Anthony Puckett left Spring Hope as police chief in June to take the top cop spot in Nashville.

Effective law enforcement is about developing relationships with other agencies and sharing resources, said Bailey Police Detective Tim Garland.

A strong bond exists between Garland and Stantonsburg Police Chief Orlando Rosario. The two law enforcement officials served together in the Marine Corps and have kept in touch since.

“Chief Rosario helped here on a saturation patrol for speeders, so I went there and helped out,” Garland said.

Garland assisted Stantonsburg police with a checkpoint.

Rosario thanked Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski for lending Garland’s assistance.

“I would like to send a special thank you to Chief Boraski of the Bailey Police Department for assisting with a multi-agency checkpoint,” Rosario said. “These checkpoints are critical in reducing traffic violations and saving lives. The Stantonsburg Police Department agrees to assist in any way the Bailey Police Department and any other agency looking for assistance. Agency helping agency is crucial in deterring the criminal element.”

During an hourlong checkpoint, authorities stopped a motorist with a revoked license, an expired tag and an inspection violation, Rosario said.

“Through partnerships like this and working with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, we can inform the public of the importance of safe driving in our community and yours,” Rosario said.

Enforcement didn’t end with the official campaign. Garland and Officer Grace Kane conducted a checkpoint Sept. 5 that resulted in charges of no license and expired registration. Another driver, Michael Chad Batten of Elm City, received a charge of driving with no operator’s license.

Police also served Batten an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in Wilson County where he had a $290 cash bond.

While Garland searched Batten, police say a single bundle of heroin was located in Batten’s pocket. Garland charged Batten with heroin possession.