Q: I am just fit to be tied! I was in a car accident where I ended up with a minor injury. At the scene the woman that hit me was being very deceptive “not remembering” her insurance company and was unable to provide proof she had insurance to the police officer. Why didn’t she receive a ticket or get arrested?
A: Although not having auto insurance is against the law, police officers in Indiana are no longer able to enforce vehicle insurance requirements. When an accident report is finished, it is the responsibility of all drivers to confirm that an SR-21 form has been completed by themselves or their insurance company and sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If this form is not sent, or the driver has no insurance, the Indiana BMV will suspend the license of the uninsured driver.
Q: My boyfriend got into a fight with a jerk at a local bar, but was just protecting himself and me. Apparently, they ended up issuing a warrant for the jerk and my boyfriend! We think this is bogus and don’t think he should go to jail for something he did not do. How long does he have to hide before the warrant expires?
A: Unfortunately, if a Judge has determined that your boyfriend is more involved than you described and has issued a warrant, then there is no hiding from this fact. This does not mean he is guilty, but there is enough probable cause that was established to have him arrested. After being arrested, he will have the opportunity to post bond, and, of course, ask for a trial. Warrants do not just go away. If he is wanted, he should turn himself in. If not, the police will constantly look for him until he is arrested. You can run but you can’t hide.
Q: I just moved to Indiana and applied for a handgun permit. My boss told me that in Indiana you are not allowed to carry a gun with a chambered bullet and it must always be in a holster. No one told me this when I applied for my permit. Can you tell me the rules and what I am supposed to do?
A: Indiana handgun permits have no restrictions on carrying your handgun, whether chambered with a bullet or unloaded. As far as having to keep your gun in a holster, there are no written restrictions. I do recommend the use of a holster in order to keep your gun safe and help prevent an accidental discharge.
Q: Are police officers taught to try to arrest armed criminals away from the public? For example, say the police have tracked a dangerous fugitive to a restaurant, would they wait until he leaves the restaurant before they try to arrest him, or just go right inside?
A: Police officers are trained to protect the public at all costs, but there is no way to control a dangerous situation and completely protect everyone else. In your situation, allowing the suspect to leave the restaurant could result in greater risk by the chance of a foot or car pursuit. Officers will take reasonable actions based on the information they have at the time and the elements they are put in.
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Entryways Unlimited of Michigan City was Meredith Payne of Michigan City. Let’s answer last column’s riddle of why were 1990 American dollar bills worth more than 1989 American dollar bills? The answer, of course, was because you have one more dollar. 1990 (1,990) dollar bills are worth $1,990; 1989 (1,989) dollar bills are worth $1,989!
The sponsor of this week’s riddle is our friends at Barker Pub at 607 E. Barker Ave. in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!
Chief Royce Williams has a Glock handgun and 60 bullets. If Chief Williams shoots his first bullet at exactly noon and continues to shoot one bullet every minute thereafter, at what time will he run out of bullets?
The 6th 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. #1020, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.