Ask a Cop: When do arrest warrants expire?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: My boyfriend got into a small bar fight about a month ago. This really was not his fault and he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well apparently, they decided to issue a warrant for his arrest. He is currently supporting me and my 2-year-old son and of course does not want to go to jail for something he really did not do. How long does he have to hide before the warrant expires?

A: You can run but you can’t hide!

If your boyfriend is “wanted” that means a judge has issued an arrest warrant. After being arrested your boyfriend will have the opportunity to post bond and have a trial to determine if he is guilty, or innocent. Warrants do not just go away. If he is wanted, he should turn himself in. If he doesn't, the police will look for him until he is arrested.

Q: My daughter just turned 12 and I want her to start watching her younger brother after school for two hours until I get home from work. How old must she be to babysit? I really do not want to get in trouble so can you tell me the state law on the babysitting age?

A: There is no law regarding a specific “babysitting” age. It all revolves around “being competent.” Does your child know how to contact the police, fire and medical help? Does she have a source to seek help if needed? Can she fend for herself regarding food water and sanitary needs? Can she use common sense to avoid injuring herself or others? These issues combined with her age should be considered. Most children do not meet these requirements until at least 12. As in all cases, babysitting children should always have immediate access to adult supervision and advice.

Q: My dad told me that I am not allowed to make telephone calls while I am driving. Is this really true? All of my friends do it and no one else has gotten into trouble.

A: It depends on your age. Drivers under 18 are banned from using mobile phones while driving. However, everyone else can except those with a “Restricted” or “Intermediate” license may not use a cell phone at all while driving. No one may text and drive, however. A bill introduced in January by Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) pushes Indiana into becoming a "hands-free" state for motorists. The bill would remove any gray areas surrounding the current "no texting and driving" law, which leaves room for drivers to partake in any number of online activities while behind the wheel.

Q: How many police dogs does Michigan City have?

A: We currently have two dogs. "Chappo," who is handled by Officer Mike McLemore, is a 5 years old German Sheppard born in the United States and is trained in narcotics, apprehension and patrol. "Axel," whose partner is Officer Mike Oberle, will be 3 and is a German Sheppard from Hungary. Axel is also trained in narcotics, apprehension and patrol.

The winner of the $50 gift card sponsored by Belle Tire in Michigan City, was Ronald Ryba II of Michigan City. In last column’s riddle of why did the police officer allow the man to “Drive under the Influence?,” the answer, of course, was the man was on a golf course and was driving a golf ball!

The sponsor of this week’s riddle is the Disabled American Veteran’s Club here in Michigan City. The winner receives a $30 gas card!

There was an early Easter party this week at the DAV, where Susie took her three children. At the party Susie’s children, Peter Paul and Mary each won a prize.

Paul won a chocolate bunny and gave it to Mary in exchange for her jelly beans, Paul then changed with Peter for a coloring book. Then Mary and Peter swapped prizes. Who had what Easter gift?

The 7th 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 ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

Happy Good Friday and Easter to Everyone!

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