Jericho police chief says officer's ticket was payback

Jericho police chief says officer's ticket was payback

The Arkansas State Police is investigating a situation in which a Highway Patrol corporal is accused of writing a traffic ticket to spite a Crittenden County police department.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Jericho Police Chief Roy Hill filed a complaint with state police May 10, saying Cpl. Mickey Strayhorn had stopped and cited an on-duty officer for not wearing a seat belt.

Hill says the town's police department had cited Strayhorn's son twice for speeding and that Strayhorn issued the ticket to the officer in retaliation.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler says Strayhorn has remained on duty since the investigation began. He declined to comment further.

Arkansas law requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts. There is no exemption for law enforcement officers.

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