Police are crediting the ongoing "Click-It Or Ticket" Campaign for yet another felony arrest. According to police, Thomas Stine, 40, of Bee Springs attempted to pass through a traffic safety checkpoint at Nolin Dam sometime around midnight. Police say that Stine was very upset and had injured, bleeding hands. That's when police noticed a rifle laying in the back seat of his car.
After questioning and further investigation, police discovered that Stine had been previously convicted of a felony 3rd degree burglary charge. Stine was then arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police then confiscated two .22 caliber rifles found in Stine's vehicle and they say that alcohol was also a factor in the incident. According to police reports, Stine's injured hands were a result of him punching out a glass door in an earlier argument with an unnamed person.
Stine was also charged with DUI, failure to produce insurance card and failure to notify change of address. The investigation was led by Deputy Jordan Jones and assisted by other members of the Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, and Officer Josh Watt.
"As I first said about the 'Click-It Or Ticket' Program, it's not about writing tickets," Sheriff Doyle said. "It's about saving lives. We're working hard to make our county a better, safer place for everyone. This program is simply another way that we and all local agencies continue to work together for the same cause."
Stine was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Staff