By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
PLANTERSVILLE – Plantersville Police Chief Maury Schuh talked about his department’s 2011 statistics and honored an officer and community members in a press conference Tuesday.
Schuh awarded the city’s first Officer of the Year award to Sgt. Jay Hargett.
Hargett was given the award for identifying a suspicious vehicle, pulling it over when it ran a stop sign and then identifying the driver as a wanted felon.
In addition to the arrest, Hargett recovered a stolen vehicle, stolen firearms, stolen tools and drugs.
“You took down a dangerous felon by yourself just because you had the initiative to stop a strange vehicle when it ran a stop sign,” Schuh said. “Most people would have stayed in their toasty vehicle on a cold night like that.”
The driver of the stolen vehicle was wanted as a suspect for burglaries in multiple cities.
Schuh also honored two residents, Diane Williams and Winston Shannon, for being vigilant in assisting officers.
Williams contacted 911 and walked the operator through a robbery in progress at her neighbor’s house, effectively helping an officer arrest three burglars.
Shannon helped officers arrest a burglar by following at a safe distance as the burglar fled and then alerted police of the location.
Schuh reported enforcement of traffic violations was up in 2011, with 773 citations.
The department also made 261 arrests, 68 for existing warrants, 15 for domestic violence, 23 drug related arrests and 18 total felony arrests.