Tyrone Speed Traps have sunk to an all time low!

An over 65, retired preacher, from Coweta came down the 74 off ramp onto Senoia Rd. in Tyrone. Well aware of Tyrone's speed traps, made a point to stop. By the time he turned right and got to the 4 way stop, the female police officer was on him with her blue lights.

She accused him of not stopping, and her argument was she didn't see his break lights, even though it was daylight and she was at a right angle to him. The gentleman was so adamant that he did stop, he went to court rather than pay the fine. He took pictures, everything you do, when you know you are innocent, and expect a fair trial.

The solicitor torn into him as disrespectfully as she has many others in the past who tried to stand up for themselves, and the judge? didn't even look at his pictures!


Indignant, he refused to pay...AND THEY PUT HIM IN JAIL!

You heard in right! A retired 65 year old preacher in jail from Tuesday till the weekend! It seems they let him out because the judge goes to the same church and knew he was going to preach that Sunday as their regular preacher was out of town!

I am shocked that this is still going on!
Months ago, I had the same deal with the...SAME...police woman. I too went to court because I knew I didn't do it. To my utter amazement, there were a least 3 other women, and a teenager there. ALL, saying the same thing, we stopped and we all had a problem with the ..SAME.. police woman.

What makes this gentleman's story so shocking to me is, the judge has to know this is a lie. It was proven the day I was there that at best, the fact that all these people were so adamant and it was the same police officer, that her actions were questionable. The way the solicitor talked to the people the day I was there, was so disrespectful, she should have been fired.

My thought is how long is the judge going to sale her sole for a salery, and how long is Tyrone going to condone this kangeroo court? Do we really need to leach off the people that drive through Tyrone this badly?

The Preacher is Rev Daniel McFarland, Sharpsburg,ga.,and would be happy to tell any who have had the same experiences.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 8:22pm.

Be prepared to do the time.

You act like you have access to this fellows driving record. I'm sure the court had it, and I would bet this is not the first time this fellow has said he wasn't guilty.

Submitted by head_ragg on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 3:26am.

no,I don't have access to this man's driving record, but he is a very well respected retired preacher that I doubt goes around lying.

What I do have access to is my own knowlege of this officer, solicitor, and judge. I heard with my own ears, a woman saying she didn't run the stop sign and was a good driver. The solicitor then inferred the woman was a liar, stating she had gotten a ticket for speeding around 1978, and another ticket in the 81. That is 30 years ago and has nothing to do with the kind of driver she is today. The judge did nothing to stop this bulling. Besides, isnt the idea that a ticket is suppose to remind you not to do it again? Apparently the solictors thinks it doesn't work, a sinner 30 years ago is a sinner today!

This just draws a bulls eye on Tyrone's over sized law enforcemnt. We now even have one that patroles the golf cart paths, all 2 miles of them! It never came to their minds that our only little golf car path doesn't run through the woods. It is right next to the road and could be controled, by anyone in a patrol car!

There is no excuse for locking up a retired preacher for a week. Standing up for yourself as this gentleman did is exactly what our founding Fathers did.

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 8:10am.

for folks who will not pay fines? I've read on here of many folks who have gotten tickets for running a stop sign in that shopping center. I've yet to read of one who refused to pay the fine.

Again, what do you propose in the fellows situation?

And yes, I've gotten speeding tickets (1) that I did not deserve. But I paid the fine and moved on.

Submitted by Boo on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 10:24pm.

Dan MacFarland a Protestant minister from Sharpsburg was recently patronizing the Publix shopping area when a policewomen ticketed him for running “that stop sign” MacFarland pleaded his innocence in court along with 5 other people who had also been ticketed. All were found guilty and fined $140. MacFarland was so incensed, he refused to pay and was thrown in jail for 10 days.

The police actions against the citizens began after the council announced their budget deficit. Many feel that the mayor and council ordered these assaults on the citizens to help balance the budget problem which was created by the Tyrone government itself with past excess spending. Instead of trying to recoup the $36,000 taken by the town manager & clerk last November, the government chose to raise money in a nefarious manner.

McFarland said both the judge and the town lawyer were biased. People are warned to stay clear of Tyrone. If you live here or are just coming to buy something, you’re likely to be fined or put in jail.

Submitted by NeedtoKnow on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 6:45pm.

Why not name the officer?

Submitted by head_ragg on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 7:15pm.

I respect this Rev for standing up for himself when he was right. In my eyes, Tyrone's court is about making money and has nothing to do with justice or the truth.

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 8:12am.

Both cities are having budget problems, because of the idiots we have elected into office both past and present.

Since the begining of time small towns and small town cops have always had a bad reputation. The only way they have to make money is to hope that people won't go to court and fight the ticket. The burden of proof is on them. Those digital dash cameras (that our tax dollar paid for) are not just for decoration. They are there to protect the cops and protect citizens from rogue cops. I think you have a legal right to view the dash cam video if they claim you didn't stop at a stop sign.

You definitly should name the cop if it is always the same one. They are probably proud of themselves and wouldn't mind the advertisment. Plus, you could warn your fellow citizens.

I used to discount these stories, but there are so many of them at least half of them must be true.

Ruin their day, follow the traffic laws to the letter. This screams for the I team. Any type of small town corruption should be sorted out.
Also those dash cams aren't just for cops, I believe the technology is available to us as well if we can afford it.

Don't feel bad Tyrone somewhere else on this site a PTC man got a warning for obeying the law. It's a small town thing, bite the hand that feeds you.

Submitted by NeedtoKnow on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 5:44am.

Maybe if you did, others would be more willing to come forward.

Submitted by head_ragg on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 6:42pm.

His thoughts are, all who have had this same experience should get together and write a letter about it.

Submitted by The Shadow on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 8:55am.

Those of us who are old enough to have learned something, except for some Tyrone mental midgets, will remember what Barnesville officials did in the 1950’s. Before I-75 South was built, Hwy 41 was the two lane route to Florida. As vacation travelers crept along at 40 mph, Barnesville police were instructed to finance their government by ticketing as many cars as possible and hold the unsuspecting families at the jailhouse until they paid their fines. Like Tyrone, no one ever won a case. With the completion of I-75, Barnesville was put out of business, literally. Few ever went through Barnesville again, businesses went broke and Barnesville never became a place where anyone wanted to go or live. Tyrone is fast gaining a similar reputation.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 10:56am.

I had to laugh reading your post about Barnesville. I remember my dad and some neighbors years and years ago complaining about that town. You always had to follow the cop down to the courthouse, pay the fine of $35, cash only, exact change only, or spend overnight in the jail until the judge got in the following morning.

Tyrone is bad....very bad... but not "Barnesville Bad". Laughing out loud (yet).

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