SAVANNAH, GA (February 29, 2012): A second traffic safety operation in three weeks by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Georgia State Patrol troopers produced 52 citations and 15 arrests Tuesday night.


The operation was similar to one held Feb. 10 and produced similar results even though it was conducted on a usually quiet Tuesday night rather than Friday. Check points were set up on East Broad and 38th streets, Middleground Road near Tibet Avenue and Skidaway Road  at Bacon Park.


State troopers pursued one driver 10.1 miles reaching speeds in excess of 100 MPH after he accelerated from the stop on East Broad, narrowly missing a trooper. They spun the speeding car out of control near Heriot Street and Staley Avenue.  Hakeem Campbell, 21, of LaRoach Avenue then led troopers on a foot pursuit before being arrested and charged with driving under the influence, obstruction, refusing to obey officer’s directions, no drivers permit, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing to elude and reckless driving.


Overall the operation yielded four arrests for suspended licenses, one for probation violation, one for contempt of court, seven misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, two citations for possession of alcohol by minors and 10 traffic citations.


Involved were 41 SCMPD patrol and Crime Suppression Unit officers from the Central, Southside and Islands precincts, K-9 and the traffic division,  nine state troopers, two K-9 dogs a helicopter a pilot and tactical flight officer.


The Feb. 10 operation netted 45 citations and 26 arrests and recovered drugs, a gun and stolen cars and led to the seizure of $19,000 cash.


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