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Stupid Case File for April 17, 2007

Are you this honest?

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brown County Sheriff Dennis Kocken didn't have to write himself a ticket. But he says it was the right thing to do.

"As sheriff, I'm held to the highest standard in law enforcement. How can I hold officers accountable if I don't hold myself accountable?" he said. "I'm satisfied I'm doing the right thing."

Kocken issued himself a ticket March 27 for an unsafe lane change, three weeks after he had rear-ended a suspected speeder after that driver slowed to turn. Neither the deputy who completed the accident report nor the Brown County district attorney's office felt that Kocken deserved a citation.

"But it kept bothering me," said Kocken. "Finally I decided to write myself a ticket. I felt it was the right thing to do."

The ticket carries a $160.80 fine that Kocken said he fully intends to pay.

The 52-year-old sheriff told investigators he was trailing a vehicle to determine its speed when he had to swerve to avoid a snowblower wheel in his lane. He moved into the other driver's lane and hit the car when the driver slowed.

The ticket marks the second citation in seven months that a state law enforcement officer assessed to himself. In September, Chief Dick Knoebel of the Kewaskum police department wrote himself a $235 ticket for passing a stopped school bus.


1 Comments:

Blogger Malinda777 said...

Hey wait a minute...you put this story on the wrong blog I think :)

This blog is about STUPID criminals...these guys actually have some moxie to them! I like it... Too bad we don't have more like them.

My office is located at a rather dangerous traffic area. People are CONSTANTLY coming IN the OUT drive and vice versa. I'm appalled at the policemen that drive through my parking lot the WRONG WAY all the time. You'd think they'd learn after so many accidents at this stretch of road over the years.

April 18, 2007 11:49 AM  

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