Arkansas Law Enforcement Drama

An unusual law enforcement scene unfolded in Arkansas, Monday afternoon, as a state trooper pulled over and ticketed a Jericho police officer was driving a marked patrol car while on duty.

Jericho Police Chief Roy Hill told FOX13 it is one of the most ridiculous things he’s seen in his law enforcement career, and there is much more to the story than meets the eye.

The latest series of events unfolded just after 2 p.m. on Highway 77 in Jericho.

“There was no cause to pullover a marked police car with blue lights (and) with officers in the car, and tell them, ‘Y’all ain’t got your seatbelts on. Y’all are speeding,’” Chief Hill told FOX13 when discusses the incident.

Chief Hill said the debacle dates back February, when a 19-year-old was stopped and issued a citation for speeding. A ticket was given to the individual, but the chief later got a call from the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office asking a professional courtesy.

“He just told us it was a son of a trooper Mickey Strayhorn,” Chief Hill said of the ticketed individual.

The ticket was dropped by the Jericho Police Department.

But fast forward four weeks, and the same teen was stopped by a Jericho police officer. Once again, it was for speeding.

Chief Hill said the teen was traveling 57 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.

“So I contacted the sheriff and advised him. I said hey the young man came back through speeding again. He said ok. He said you would’ve thought the kid would’ve learned his lesson, but he didn’t,” Chief Hill told FOX13.

That brings us to Monday.

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