The Pct. 4 Constable’s Office kept the momentum going with the second weekly warrant round up Wednesday afternoon.
The Men in Black set up their Mobile Command Unit in a shopping center area located at Loop 494 and Ford Road where Constable Hayden’s staff was joined by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts and members of his staff in what functioned as a temporary office, processing area and holding cell.
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Everyone detained during the roundup had at least three prior warnings and opportunities to address the issue before they found themselves in the back of a patrol car.
Judge Metts has a long standing policy of working with anyone who is attempting to pay their debts, usually in the form or reasonable payment arrangements. The judge said he sees the warrant roundups as one more opportunity for defendants to pay their fines and avoid the inconvenience and added expense of being arrested and booked into the county jail.
More than 10 people were detained and released after settling their debts and at least two people went to the county jail instead. Several thousand dollars was collected of monies owed to Pct. 4 and to local merchants who accepted bad checks and had exhausted all other efforts to collect the money. As of this writing, exact dollar figures and the number of warrants cleared were unavailable, but will be posted when they are received.
Hayden said the roundups will continue.