Q: My neighbor is a “little creepy” and has a drone he flies all over the place. It really didn’t bother me until last week when I saw it right outside my bedroom window. Now this freaks me out that he is using it to watch me! What can I do about this?
A: You may call the police at anytime you feel that someone is “peeping” in your window. Using a drone to harass someone or peep inside a residence is against the law and subject to arrest. Additionally passed this year, using a drone to interfere with law enforcement is also illegal and arrestable as a class A misdemeanor and punishable up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Q: About a month ago I got into a car accident where I was rear ended and my bumper was pretty much destroyed. Instead of fixing it, my husband just took it off and taped the license plate to the back window and said I would be fine. Is he right?
A: No. Your husband is wrong on several counts. Bumpers are installed on vehicles for a reason and the biggest one is for your protection from injury in an accident (worked the first time huh?). Secondly, when operated upon a highway, a motor vehicle registered as a passenger car that was originally equipped with bumpers as standard equipment must be so equipped. Next, of course, is a license plate must be properly mounted on the rear of the vehicle and lighted to not be a violation.
Q: I was pulled over for failure to signal. The policeman told me to turn off my car and step outside. He then proceeded to ask me a ton of questions. I cooperated and he gave me a field test and then took me in for a breathalyzer. I failed the test and he arrested me and booked me in without giving me my Miranda Rights! Can I get this thrown out of court?
A: Sorry. Miranda Rights only have to be given if you are in custody and then questioned. If you were asked specific questions after the arrest about a crime and not read your rights then this would be a violation. Otherwise, your arrest was lawful. Remember that you may be asked questions regarding you, your driving, and the booking procedure (name, address, etc) without implicating your rights to Miranda.
Q: I saw a policeman in regular clothes stop a car in the YMCA parking lot. It looked like he just got done playing basketball. Can you pull a car over when you’re off-duty and not in uniform?
A: Yes. A Michigan City police officer is always a police officer. With our take home car policy, we can run into a situation or a need to help an on-duty officers at any given moment. An officer can exercise all arrest powers when required. As soon as an officer takes official police action, they are considered “on-duty.”
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by Lauren Hahn and the FOP Family Auxiliary of Michigan City was Joe Yagelski of Westville. (Yep legitimately won!) Let’s answer last column’s riddle of how did Marlene Marie give six oranges to six children and leave one in the box? Of course the answer is, she gave five children an orange each and gave the box together with the last orange to the sixth child.
The sponsor of this week’s riddle is Ola Achy and her family of Michigan City. Thanks for all you do for us! The winner receives a $30 gas card!
You are stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of 8th and Michigan Boulevard, waiting to turn left. The red light changes and a line of cars pass you in the right lane. There are three cars in front of a car, three cars behind a car, and two cars behind two cars. How many cars have passed you?
The 12th 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 email ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.