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Ask a Trooper - 7.18.16


By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I own a 1994 BMW. Last time registration was due, I purchased a collector plate and joined the BMW club. I know you’re not supposed to drive the car for everyday use, such as driving to the grocery store or running errands. I have a friend who told me, I can only drive the car to club meetings or auto shows. True or not true? If not true, what are the restrictions to driving the car? If I’m going to sell the car, can I drive it to mutual meeting point? Can I take it out every once in a while for a “spin”?

Answer: There are several requirements for “collector” license plates.

• The vehicle must be a minimum of 20-years-old.

• The owner must prove that they have one or more vehicles with regular license plates.

• The vehicle is owned and operated solely as a collector’s item, and not for general transportation purposes.

What are general transportation purposes? To law enforcement, this means that you can drive it to fairs, shows, etc., it but it is not to be utilized for work, school, shopping, and other everyday activities. It is a judgment call on the part of the officer, but the intent of the law is that the vehicle is not to be used as an additional vehicle for your family.

If you are in violation of one of the requirements listed above, you could be charged with:

• “Improper use of registration” – a misdemeanor (90 days and/or $1,000 fine).

• “Intent to escape tax” – a gross misdemeanor (up to one year and/or $3,000 fine) depending on the situation.

These license plates are also subject to impoundment. As the owner, you are responsible for maintaining the proper registration on your vehicle. If you are going to use the vehicle for other purposes, have regular plates on it.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester. Minn. 55901-5848. (Or reach him at Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)

Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.18.16

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Cody Luke Luhman, 22, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/31/2016, Uninsured Vehicle – Owner Violation, Fine $200, Total Fees $320. Marconna Marylou Scrabeck, 72, Rochester, Minn.; 6/18/2016, Inattentive Driving, Fine $40, Total Fee ..... 
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Bathke apprehended after escaping custody

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

On Tuesday, July 5, at 6:15 a.m., a Fillmore County correction officer was unable to account for a prisoner during breakfast wake up. It was then determined that this prisoner, 19-year-old Dylan Bathke, had escaped custody. Bathke was being held ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 7.11.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: I have two questions for you. Do I need a hood on my car to operate it legally? What is the law regarding vehicle fenders and tires sticking out beyond the sides of a vehicle? Answer: T ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.11.16

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Ali Guedi Ali, 25, Minneapolis, Minn.; 4/17/2016, Speeding (76/55), Fine $70, Total Fees $230. Richard Michael Aske, 38, Mabel, Minn.; 5/6/2016, Seat Belt Required – Driver and Passenger Must Use, Fine $25, ..... 
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Bathke escapes custody

Tue, Jul 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

By Sheriff Tom Kasse Today, Tuesday July 5, at 6:15 a.m., a Fillmore County correction officer, during breakfast wake up, was unable to account for a prisoner. It was then determined that this prisoner had escaped custody. The prisoner is identifie ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 7.4.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: There was a story in the news about a recent hit and run fatal crash where the State Patrol was looking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle that fled. How many hit and run inc ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 7.4.16

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department David Lee Olson, 28, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/31/2016, Duty to Drive to Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Willie Earl Barnett, 52, Chattanooga, Tenn ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 6.27.16

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Mark Steven Anundsen, 59, Littleton, Colo.; 5/23/2016, Speeding (64/55), Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Byron Arthur Backstrom, 43, Burnsville, Minn.; 5/28/2016, Speeding (74/55), Fine $60, Total Fees $150. Hea ..... 
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