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"Click It or Ticket" Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Two Washington Fugitives
05/25/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop during the second day of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign led to the arrest of two wanted fugitives out of Washington State. During the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Oregon, May 23 - June 5, approximately one hundred law enforcement agencies are conducting increased enforcement efforts, including federally funded overtime enforcement, to emphasize the proper use of safety belts, belt-positioning booster seats, and the importance of driving safe speeds.
 
On May 24, 2011 at approximately 1:19 p.m. OSP Trooper Tyler Bechtel stopped a 1994 Ford Taurus after observing two unrestrained passengers in the vehicle near Highway 224 and Johnson Road. During contact with the driver and two passengers, it was determined the driver was operating with a suspended license and the passengers were wanted on felony warrants out of Clark County, Washington.
 
KARL EDWARD BURNICE, age 43, and KATRINA RAE COOK, age 32, had felony Parole Violation warrants for their arrest. With the assistance of a Clackamas County deputy, both were arrested and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for Fugitive from Justice.
 

The driver was cited for Driving While Suspended and the vehicle towed and impounded.
 
More information about the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is available on ODOT's website at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/safetybelts.shtml.