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Eagle Ford: DPS nabs fugitives during Karnes-Wilson county strike force
In addition to citing unsafe vehicles and drivers, the troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) also nabbed three wanted fugitives during a strike-force operation in Wilson and Karnes counties Aug. 1-3, according to DPS Sgt. J. Ryan Christian. The sergeant did not have specific information about the arrests, but Christian said that two of those taken into custody were operating commercial vehicles and one was operating a passenger vehicle.
Christian said that 20 troopers -- 10 from highway patrol, 10 from commercial-vehicle enforcement, split across two shifts -- converged on the two counties from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the three-day period. As has been the case in two past strike-force operations, local law-enforcement agencies, including police departments and sheriff’s offices in the two counties, assisted them.
Among commercial vehicles, equipment violations were the reason for the most citations, Christian said, followed by speeding. Excessive speed led among violations for non-commercial vehicles. More statistics about August’s strike-force effort are available in the chart below. Christian said troopers are set to converge on the two counties again in September, but he would not release dates.
Sgt. J. Ryan Christian of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol gave the following statistics from DPS’ three-day strike force, Aug. 1-3, in Wilson and Karnes counties:
•Commercial vehicles stopped/inspected: 232
•Commercial vehicle warnings issued: 1,162
•Commercial vehicle tickets issued: 116
•Commercial vehicle fugitive arrests: 2
•Non-commercial vehicles stopped/inspected: 56
•Non-commercial vehicle tickets issued: 77
•Non-commercial vehicle warnings issued: 248
•Non-commercial vehicle fugitive arrests: 1
•Vehicles taken out of service: 55
•Drivers put out of service: 17
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