Monday, December 5, 2011

Girl ‘policeman’ gets both men

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, December 8, 1936.

When times comes for a police woman to be added to the law enforcement organization of Ypsilanti, Miss Audrey Riggs may be offered the position. She proved her mettle as an efficient worker Monday afternoon when she brought two offending motorists into court.

According to her story to the judge, Miss Riggs, with her mother, Mrs. Mabel Bryant, who resides at 501 N. Washington ST., was returning from Detroit Monday afternoon when they saw a car approaching along a more of less winding trail. She tried to avoid an accident, but failed. Owning to her caution the collision was not serious, but in her judgment the condition of the offending driver was. She decided to do something about it and summarily ordered him out of the driver’s seat while she took the wheel of his car and drove him and a companion to Ypsilanti for an accounting.

The driver was Lester C. Darling, 723 McKiney Ave, Ann Arbor, and his companion was Oscar Weinman, 104 Hill St., also Ann Arbor.

At the station of the state police she stopped and reported her mission. Officers conducted the case from that point and placed the two gentlemen in the city jail for a night of relaxation.

This morning they were arraigned before Justice Arthur M. Vandersall. To Mr. Weinman he read the sentence, “10 fine or 10 days in the county jail,” and to Mr. Darling he imparted the information that his bad driving would cost him $50 and that failure to pay would call for 60 days of enforced retirement, the charge being operation of an automobile while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. And as a matter of further protection to other motorists, the judge ordered Mr. Darling’s license revoked for one year.

Court evidence revealed that Darling was already on probation for a previous traffic offense.

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