Unbelted motorist flees State Patrol's top seat belt enforcer

12:27 PM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
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MOORHEAD, Minn. - He chose the wrong guy to flee from.

A Minnesota State Trooper stopped a vehicle on Wednesday with an unbelted passenger who ended up fleeing and being arrested for a patrol violation stemming from more serious charges.

It happened just after the trooper had just received an award for seat-belt enforcement,

The traffic stop was made at 2:43 p.m. Wednesday by Sgt. Mark Herbranson, who about an hour earlier had received a recognition award from the Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley as the top seat-belt enforcer for the patrol's Detroit Lakes District, patrol spokesman Sgt. Jesse Grabow told the Fargo Inforum.

Herbranson stopped the vehicle near the 1700 block of 30th Avenue South in Moorhead and was speaking with the unbelted passenger outside the vehicle when the man fled on foot.

The trooper stayed with the vehicle and secured the female driver, and the fleeing passenger was soon apprehended by patrol Sgt. Gerald Hanson.

Brian Lamar Jones, 25, of Bayport, was arrested for an active warrant for a parole violation resulting from domestic assault and burglary convictions.

Jones also faces charges of fleeing, giving a false name and date of birth and not wearing his seat belt, he said. The vehicle's driver wasn't charged.

Grabow said the incident is a reminder that authorities around Minnesota will be working together along with more than 10,000 officers nationwide during the annual "Click It or Ticket" seat belt and child seat enforcement blitz from May 21 to June 3.


Information from the Inforum/http://www.inforum.com/


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