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Homer Police Arrest One After Traffic Stop


A little bit before 10 in the morning on Wednesday, April 17th, an officer with the Homer Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding through a school zone on South Main Street within the Village of Homer.

Homer Police says during the traffic stop, a passenger of the vehicle, identified as James P. Platt, who is listed as homeless, was not wearing his seatbelt. When the officer was working to complete the traffic ticket for speeding, Platt became agitated and exited the vehicle and began to yell at the officer.

The officer directed Platt to get back inside the vehicle and remain there or he would be arrested. It was moments later Homer Police say Platt once again exited the vehicle, but this time attempted to leave even though he was informed to remain inside the vehicle and was being detained for a traffic infraction of not wearing a seatbelt.

Platt continued to ignore the officer and the officer informed him he was now under arrest. He then began to resist arrest once the officer attempted to take him into custody by trying to pull away from the officer. Platt was eventually taken into custody.

The speeding driver was cited for speeding in a school zone and was released. Platt was taken to the Homer Police Department on charges of Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd, both Misdemeanors, and No Seatbelt, a traffic infraction.

Platt was processed and later released on appearance tickets to appear in Homer Town Court next month.

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