Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My husband is going to trial next week for his fourth driving while intoxicated arrest. He did not take a breathalyzer and his defense is vertigo. Can they bring up his last convictions in trial? What are his chances of getting out of this one?

A: It would appear that your husband has a serious addiction and is not taking responsibility for his actions. Please ask his attorney for legal advice not me.

Q: I can't decide if I want to go to college or not when I graduate this year. I really have always wanted to be a police officer. Can I go to the police academy right out of high school?

A: Sorry, no you cannot. Indiana requires you to be at least 21 years old when hired. We require a high school diploma or GED as an absolute minimum. I would suggest trying college in a criminal justice field. If college is not your thing, enlist in the military to gain experience and maturity where you can enter into the police field when you become age eligible.

Q: I am a new driver and was wondering if I get pulled over should I get out my license and registration right away or should I just keep my hands on the wheel until I am asked for them?

A: It depends. When police officers stop vehicles they have no idea who you are, so if you have them handy then it is all right. If you need to start "digging" for them, leave them where they are until the officer asks. This is a courtesy that can help reduce the tension. Remember, politeness and helping to reduce the tension have even been known to change a ticket into a warning.

Q: What can the police do during an armed bank robbery? Are you just allowed to shoot someone?

A: Dealing with a violent person and bank robbery is a fluid and dynamic situation. There is no easy, "one-size-fits-all" answer. Generally speaking, police officers are authorized to use any force, up to and including deadly force, when they believe it is reasonably necessary to stop an armed person who poses an imminent threat to the lives of others.

Q: I see the police department is hiring. What kind of records do you look at? I have a record as a juvenile and a bogus arrest in Ohio. Will this affect my chances? How deep do you go into someone's past?

A: If an applicant makes it through the initial written, agility testing and interview stages, they are then sent for an in-depth polygraph examination. Upon passing that level, a comprehensive background check will be conducted to ascertain the general nature of your character, job history, military service, drug usage and, of course, financial and criminal history. We additionally interview neighbors, former employers, former co-workers, relatives and others with knowledge of your work ethic, demeanor and character. It is a long process but a necessary one to find the right candidate for a very challenging but rewarding career.

The winner of the $30 Gas Card sponsored by Scartozzi's Trattoria Restaurant and Catering was Millie Bearickx of Michigan City. Let's answer last column's riddle of what was the teacher's name behind the desk? The answer was "Isabelle." When you read the riddle it said, "There is a bell behind the desk!

The sponsor for this week's riddle is our friend Ryan Miller and his staff at D&M Excavating in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 Gas card.

I was parked waiting for my daughter Holly to get out of school. While waiting I noticed a number of things about my daughter's friends. Jessica has red colored hair and the girl with black hair was wearing a green dress. Lucy is not blonde and Lauren does not have brown hair, Chloe was wearing a blue dress. The blonde girl was not wearing red and Lauren was not wearing green. I can't remember which girl was wearing a yellow dress. Can you determine the colors of the girl's dresses and their hair color?

The 4th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins. To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #333, or e-mail

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