GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Authorities in West Grayson County are collecting fines and making arrests. The efforts are part of an annual warrant round-up.
For the past two days authorities across western Grayson County have been knocking on doors and talking to neighbors in an effort to find people with outstanding warrants.
"We’ve been finding people are anxious to get their fines paid because they don’t want to spend time in jail for Christmas."
Precinct Three Constable Todd Booher and officers from Whitesboro, Tioga, Gunter, and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office say they come across warrants ranging from unpaid parking tickets to a motion to revoke probation, and in Neilon Eitelman's case, driving with a suspended license.
"I’ve got four kids and times are tough, it’s Christmas time and you just try to avoid paying as much as possible, and these guys are out there doing their job and they finally catch up with you."
Authorities say in the last two days alone, they have collected over $4,000 and have arrested several who have not paid fines on time. The reaction of the guilty parties when officers approach them varies.
"Most people do not want to go to jail and I understand that they don’t want to go to jail and they are reluctant, sometimes they won’t answer the door or things like that."
This round-up, as opposed to others, has gone slower than anticipated but officials say they still expect to make contact with a good amount of their targets.
"You still have to do a job, and you know that this is going to put a crunch on him for Christmas. Still, we have to do our job and push forward and do what’s best for the citizens of the county."
Eitelman urges others to just cooperate.
"Go ahead and pay if you have an opportunity because it’s no fun being picked up. You know, I got picked up at work, and that’s kind of embarrassing."