Carter Co. Launches Warrant Round-up

By: Shelby Levins Email
By: Shelby Levins Email

ARDMORE -- Carter County sheriff deputies are in the middle of a warrant round up. The law enforcement agency is taking a more aggressive stance on people with outstanding costs and fines warrants. Shelby Levins reports.

Carter County sheriff deputies tell us thousands and thousands of dollars are owed to the district court in outstanding fines and court costs, so they're coming after people with arrest warrants. This round up launched Thursday night, and officials say this is just the beginning.

Carter County Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Davis is captain of the reserve division, and overseeing this warrant round up. He says just one group of warrants for unpaid costs and fines stacks more than a hundred high.

"They made a promise to pay their fines and they failed to do so. So now we're out recovering losses for the state of Oklahoma and arresting the people that should have paid their fines in the first place,” Deputy Davis explained.

Thursday night Deputy Davis and his team of reservists launched the warrant round up. Davis says they served 36 arrests warrants and made 10 arrests, and they don't plan on slow down.

"You're going to run, you're going to hide, it's a big game of hide and seek. Eventually we're going to find you or another agency is going to find you. So if you move to Oklahoma City, you'll be arrested there and transported back to Carter County so eventually you're going to be caught,” Deputy Davis said.

Davis says the residents with outstanding costs and fines warrants owe the court any where from a $100 to more than $50,000. But the officers out recouping the lost court fees and felony fines are reservists who aren't getting paid a dime.

"We feel good every time we can help out, especially the reserves. These guys come in and they do it for free. This is their way of contributing back to their community,” Deputy Davis explained.

Davis says if you owe fines or fees, don't make deputies come after you. Do the right thing and pay the money you owe.

"Come down to the sheriff's office, we're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, turn yourself in and pay your fines and costs,” Deputy Davis said.

And with the high number of outstanding fines and costs warrants, Davis says the department is looking at creating a permanent reservist round up team, so instead of launching these operations once or twice a year, they'll works to serve arrests warrants more often.

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  • by Old Root Beard Location: Texoma on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    I'm with Donny on this one....just round up everyone at once, write one story and let the two or three straight ones ride...maybe give them a 20 check, drawn from tax money of course, for being good citizens.....(southmayd still sucks!)....
  • by Citizen Location: Oklahoma on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    Debtors Prison
  • by Judge Roy Bean Location: Southeast OK on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    Those jack booted thugs better stay away from my trailer that's all i'm saying. If you're dumb enough to accept a bad check then you deserve to get burned and the DA and his SS squad should keep their noses out of it. It's just business and it's how we do it here.
  • by anonymous Location: madill on Dec 13, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    I can say from my own experence that the Da office do collect the money for the bogus checks and if you don't pay they will issue a warrent and there will be more charges on top of that. I am paying on bogus checks right now been doing it for many years because of the high fees they charge per check. Now how long it take for them to pay the business I have no idea the only thing that I can tell you is to call the Da office and ask about your money.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    Seems there are problems here.
  • by ARDMORE Location: ARDMORE on Dec 12, 2009 at 05:23 PM
  • by Wilson Location: Lone Grove on Dec 12, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    You mean the local stores can start taken down their wallpaper made of hot checks that the DA never even tried to collect for them?... didn't think so...
  • by Donny Location: Sherman on Dec 12, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    In Carter County? Wouldn't it be easier to just require that every citizen of Carter County report to the jail and then just let the few non-criminals go?
  • by dakotarog Location: ardmore on Dec 12, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    if you go to the court house to pay yor fines you had better have all you owe. otherwise you go to jail
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