This, believe it or not, is my 300th Column!
I developed the concept of “Ask a Cop” in November of 2004 and went to press with my first column on Jan. 20, 2005.
Twelve years later here we are! I want to say “Thanks” to all my readers, generous sponsors, and of course, riddle players!
Q: I am a new driver and my mom told me to never get caught driving barefoot because I could get a ticket and lose my license. My dad says that for sure it is illegal and if I got into an accident it would automatically be my fault. Is this true, can I get in trouble for driving barefoot?
A: Nope. Not true! These are the same people who told you to always have clean underwear when you drive away (just in case). I usually always side with parents, but in this case, they are not correct. This question comes up all the time and mainly in the summer months. You may not be able to walk into Walmart in bare feet, but you can drive there without shoes. Driving a car barefoot is legal in all 50 states. While the risks of barefoot driving are debatable, the practice is not illegal, though most people assume that it is true. This is like a lot of things considered urban legends. I actually would prefer to see women driving bare feet over slippery sandals or awkward high heels.
Q: My friend and I joined a local health club in January. We worked out together every day. During this time I had lent her my iPod to use and we split the membership fees. Well, she quit after a week and then moved back with her parents in Indianapolis. I have tried to call her several times to get back my iPod and to pay her share of our contract, but she flat out refuses. Can I file a police report for theft?
A: Sorry, this is not theft since the item was lent to your friend and you both signed a contract together. You may file a small claims suit as long as you have some documentation of the property and the circumstances involved in your agreement.
Q: I almost ran over a man riding a bike at 3 in the morning. Is there a law against riding a bike in the dark?
A: No, there is no law against riding a bike at night, but bicycles ridden between dark and dawn must be equipped with a front white light and either a rear red reflector or a red tail light visible up to 500 feet.
Q: I have read in the newspaper several times in the police briefs of someone being arrested for a “body attachment.” What exactly is this?
A: This one comes up all the time! A writ of body attachment charge is a process issued by a court directing the police to arrest per a civil contempt of court. A body attachment may be ordered when a witness fails to appear in response to a subpoena. An easy way to explain it is the order is attached to a previous civil case. For example, failing to pay a lawsuit or failing to pay child support, both of these civil actions can then turn to criminal after a court ordered fine or forfeiture has been ordered by the court. Thus being arrested on a “body attachment.”
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by the St. Joe Young Men’s Society of Michigan City was Lloyd Forney of Michigan City. The answer to last column’s riddle of “Railroad crossing, watch out for cars.” Can you spell that without any Rs? Of course you can… “That” was the answer!
The sponsor of this week’s riddle is a special gift for my 300th column from our friends at the Hokkaido Japanese Sushi Restaurant located at 725 Franklin St. in Michigan City. The winner receives a $50 gift certificate!
In a forest there’s a river, in the river there’s a boat, in the boat there’s a woman in a red petticoat, and if you want to know her name then you’ve got yourself to blame because I said it in the middle of the riddle. What’s her name?
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 #1020, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.