Putnamville Troopers use aircraft for speed enforcement

The ISP aircraft working “high in the sky.” (Provided Photo, ISP Sgt. Joe Watts)

Indiana State Police had an eye in the sky to help with patrols this week.

Posted: Nov 18, 2017 12:46 PM

Putnamville, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana State Police had an eye in the sky to help with patrols this week.

Troopers from the Putnamville Post used an aircraft Friday to help with speed enforcement efforts. That's accorting to ISP Sergeant Joe Watts.

Watts says Indiana State Police Sergeant, Lee Wright, from the ISP Aviation Section, piloted his Cessna 172 Skyhawk to the Putnamville District. He says Wright patrolled about US 41 in Sullivan County, detecting speeding vehicles below.

Watts says Wright did so with his VASCAR, (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder), and a set of pre-determined painted lines on the edge of the road.

He says Wright would then radio units below and guide them to a target vehicle.

Watts says from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, troopers issued 25 traffic citations, with 21 of those being for speeding. He says 30 warnings were also issued.
Watts adds that this is the second time in recent weeks that the Putnamville District has had help from ISP aircraft assistance.

ISP arrested one driver, 21-year-old Cress J. Kimbrough of Indianapolis, IN. Police say the arrest was for possession of a stolen Rugar 9mm handgun reportedly taken from Marion County, Indiana. Kimbrough was taken to the Sullivan County Jail.

Watts says Operation Pull Over “Safe Family Travel” is going on right now, and runs through December 4th. He says motorists are strongly encouraged to obey traffic laws and drive safe and sober.

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