Letter: Public ‘safety’ officer’s actions bordered on cruelty

Editor:

As I was about to enter Hwy 89A at Page Spring Road on my way to work last week, I noticed a very pregnant woman carrying a toddler exiting the north bound lane of the freeway on foot.

Because she was not dressed for cold weather I stopped to check on her welfare. She stated that she had driven to Sedona to take her husband to work and was stopped by the police due to an unpaid citation on her vehicle.

She said that she showed the officer her paid documentation but the information was not in his computer so he chose to have the vehicle towed.

She asked if she could stay in the vehicle until she could get a ride from a family member from Camp Verde. The officer refused and had a tow truck take the vehicle leaving the woman and the child on the side of the road. I had some blankets in my car and stayed with to woman until her family member arrived.

This situation was uncalled for, was heartless and could have ended in disaster. I am very disappointed that a public SAFETY officer was so thoughtless. I hope this is an aberration among our Verde Valley police officers.

Nancy Crawford

Cornville

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123arizona 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Dear Mrs. Crawford: It is very apparent that you are a caring, considerate person and I commend you for your actions in stopping to assist a fellow human being. I must however let you in on a secret. People lie to each other and especially to law enforcement every day. The young lady you speak of, I'll call her Ms. X, was not truthful with you. 1st-She was not stopped for an unpaid citation. She was stopped for criminal speed. In Arizona, thats 86 mph and above. SR89A in that area is posted 65 mph. 2nd, her license was suspended for a failure to appear. 3rd, the document she speaks of proving she paid something was a tax return that had a mandatory amount removed for unknown reasons. 4th, Ms X had her husband picked up from the stop by a green pick-up truck whom she was free to leave with. 5th, I offerered Ms X at least 5 times, to transport her and her child to Cottonwood, she refused. Ms X, NEVER asked to remain in the vehicle till her ride arrived.

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