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Constable using license plate reader to track warrants

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BATON ROUGE - The constable is using a license plate reader to track down people who have outstanding warrants.

The equipment is installed on a Baton Rouge Constable cruiser and takes pictures of license plates as vehicles drive by. The scanner runs the plates and can alert the officer to any issues with the vehicle's registered owner.

Monday, the constable's office ran 7,000 plates while watching the streets of one area of Baton Rouge.

"Here in Baton Rouge City Court, we have the largest amount of outstanding warrants in the state," Reginald Brown, the city's constable, said in an interview on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Tuesday. "We have to do something about it."

Of all the scans done this week, officers pulled over more than 70 people but mostly issued warnings. Though, four were taken to jail.

"We have to make sure people come to court and take care of their business," Brown said.

Brown added people who got away with warnings this time will be getting a visit to make sure they took care of whatever issue they had at the court.


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