State police crack down on crime along I-75

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Police in half a dozen states say they are stepping up patrols along a major interstate to keep people safe.

Kentucky State Police troopers said they are not going to tolerate criminal activity along I-75.

State police have been out since Thursday patrolling the interstate in Laurel, Whitley and Rockcastle counties.

“We are looking for different kinds of crime that are occurring up and down the road it happens every day,” said Trooper Ryan Loudermilk.

Five other states are working with them to crack down on impaired drivers and criminal activity along I-70 and I-75.

The campaign, 6-State Trooper Project intended to create partnerships between state police agencies from Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia allowing for the sharing of intelligence while providing the public additional security services in the areas of highway safety and criminal patrol.

Police said while they do focus a lot on people who are driving under the influence their main goal is to keep other people on the roadways safe.

“Any kind of criminal activity on the highways, be it drugs, drug trafficking, possessions of drugs, stolen firearms, any kind of stolen vehicles, fugitives, we are looking for all of them,” said Loudermilk.

Police said it's about sharing information and ensuring safety, across state lines.

“We want to increase the awareness that we are here and we are hunting you back and we don't want someone to be driving through this state being comfortable with doing what they are doing,” said Loudermilk, referring to those who drive under the influence.

Troopers said this would not be possible without the help of man's best friend. K-9 units have assisted the troopers and will continue to do so on Saturday during the final day of the project.

“Our dogs are tracking in narcotics so not only can we go out and assist troopers on traffic stops, if someone is trafficking narcotics or have possession of it, or if a fugitive is running on foot, we can assist in apprehending them,” said Trooper Jason McCowan.

McCowan assisted one K-9 who found drugs inside vehicles that were searched.

“They are a great tool,” said McCowan.

Police said they wrote several citations today and did arrest some people, including one fugitive.

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