Jun 17, 2014

Does the Sandusky Co. Sheriff's Office think they're above the law?

Are Sandusky County Sheriff deputies allowed to travel at excessive rates of speeds when there's no apparent emergency? Why won't they answer my questions when I'm try to get an explanation?

A concerned reader sent in the following to the Mailbag:

I have a question maybe the Register can answer: (About a month ago) I was in Clyde at Circle K. The  time was about 6:26 pm. When I got the green light, I proceeded through.

(The) next thing I see (is) a vehicle approaching me quickly. Then he swerves in the passing lane. I notice it was a sheriff's car. The plate showed 72, which is for Sandusky County, and the vehicle number was 08.

As i was going 60 mph, by speed limit, the patrol car kept gaining speed in the passing lane. He had to be doing approximately 70 mph to 80 mph. They got the light at Futronics, and as I was coming up to vehicle (and the) light turned green, then the Indy 500 was on again. He floored his vehicle. driving at a high rate of speed. I am on the phone with dispatch questioning where the fire was, and the dispatcher responded he didn't know because no one was dispatch(ed) anywhere and didn't know.

As he got closer to 412, the same exit we were getting off on, the sheriff vehicle did also. All you could hear is the car accelerating at a high rate of speed from the stop sign. I noticed the patrol car then park behind the jail, and I guess that was the emergency.

I called dispatch again, and the lady answering the call stated the captain wanted me to fill out a complaint form and asked if I could just leave (a) message with the Sheriff Overmeyer. Dispatch informed me that they have a chain of command, and I have to follow. I stated I would rather leave a message with Mr. Overmyer, and she stated I had to leave with the captain because he is responsible for road patrols.

I reiterated that Mr. Overmeyer is responsible for all deputies under him and she hung up the phone. I went to fill out report around a little after 7:30 p.m., and the captain stated he would not talk to me until i filed the report. I filed the report, and my only question would be the remark he had made and that was, "How do you know he was speeding? Did you have a calibrated radar gun with you?"

After this, he then asked if there was anything else I would like to add to the report. I stated "no." He took (the) report and I left. I did let him know that like the sheriff's department I also record my calls. The only exception is I do not misplace the evidence or recordings.

Could you please let me know if this should be the attitude of the local Sheriff's department ? and are these officers above the law in the sense of endangering the general public by driving recklessly with no due regard to the posted speed limit? Are they above the law? Why would this office not want to take care of this complaint?

We sent this question to Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer and Sandusky County prosecutor Tom Stierwalt, both of which neglecting to provide a response back.

Sandusky County has had many problems over the years adhering to rules and regulations. Click here, here, here, herehere, here and here to find out the government's most notable past and ongoing troubles.

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I highly doubt the deputy " floored it " if they had, the tires would've been smoking and then you probably wouldn't be the only one reporting this. So good for you and your misleading letter. If your going to church, don't speed then there's no worry about getting pulled over. Oh yeah then you have the other person with the what ifs. Well none of the things happened that you asked about so in my opinion, your comment is irrelevant.


Another new


When I drive down route 2, I'm the only motorist going the speed limit. I never snitch.


The author of this letter is mysteriously missing. To me, that's a red flag.

The directions for The Mailbag, say that you must include first name and a location.

I think that 99.9% of us would see this officers behavior and say to ourselves, "what a douche bag" , and let it go. The authors reaction is a little over the top, which makes me think the author has an ax to grind or chip on their shoulder. Or, way too much time on their hands.

Florence Nightingale

"The author has an axe to grind or a chip on their shoulder" - bingo. Otherwise, this person must have never, ever seen this behavior from any other county sheriff's vehicle or any OSHP vehicle, or they certainly would have written to the SR to voice their outrage!


I was given a speeding ticket by a Sandusky county deputy for speeding under the direct order of the sheriff who PACED me speeding went to court and was told that pacing a speeding car is a legal means in the state of Ohio


I would have to assume this is either a jake or that burdine guys supporter. Get over it already. You all wanted dewine. He came. Didnt throw anyone in jail. You cry and now you are after le for petty issues. Seriously cry a river. All you supporters ever do is whine. Im sure you all abide by every driving law there is. Im sure glad that le is around. I hope you didnt leave your name bc if you ever did need le. Im sure those cars are going the speed limit to your emergency.


the author is Jason Brake


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Raced 80 per
They hauled away
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Brick Hamland

The sheriff there is a joke. His biggest success on the job was judging a donut making contest... video on youtube.


As is the case with most sheriffs. Law enforcement should NEVER be politically elected. Any sheriff should be able to pass stringent physical, mental, drug and law enforcement proficiency tests before being hired to any position. The election of county sheriffs is wrong on so many levels and absolutely antiquated. It's an almost surfire BOSS HOGG scenario. Just like computer CGI or anything else, you get what you pay for and you PAY for what you get!

nosey rosey

This isn't a Sandusky County anomaly, all law enforcement does this. So do ambulance companies. If one passes me, I just follow behind them at the same rate of speed. If it's good for them, its good for me and I've never had a ticket in my life.


I love the " click here, here, here, here, here!!


Really? You called dispatch & they told you there was no emergency? Riiiiiiiight.



Steve P

No name or address of the alleged writer, strange doesn't that violate this award winning newspapers own policies?


"I noticed the patrol car then park behind the jail, and I guess that was the emergency." So the author of this letter followed the officer behind the jail and noticed he parked there?? A little excessive.. Ever consider maybe there was an emergency at the Jail? Or possibly someone requested to speak with this officer and they were on a time crunch? I would assume there would always be a sense of urgency when it comes to LE. How would the Sandusky Register be able to help you out in answering your question? Your just giving this useless paper more ammo.. Love the City/County your in!


You can't fault the deputy. He probably needed to use the restroom..............

Ed Longknocker

Obviously they have lost the respect of many people with this continuous scandal scenario. Some day the higher-ups will get tired of the "Steve Urkel" defense....
“Four legs good, two legs better! All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm

Florence Nightingale

Do you really think this one qualifies as a "scandal"?

Peninsula Pundit

Once again, if you care how your tax dollars are spent, you should have some reasonable concern for the way public employees, paid for with your taxes, abuse county equipment, paid for with your taxes and waste gasoline, paid for with your taxes. If for no other reason than the fact they are wasting money. Your money.
Once again, all of the posters now defending this buffoon wearing a county paid uniform go on other boards and decry being taxed to death and oh, their wasted tax monies.Not attempting to defend the indefensible, they attack the writer and demand to know who he is, attack posters who are rightfully upset at this abuse of power and resources and basically post as though they don't have a wit of sense or any idea why anyone would complain.
Are you really that stupid?
Or do you have to work at it?


Taxes, taxes, taxes. You do know that cops, deputies, and the such all pay taxes too. It means they kind of pay their own wages. Everyone pays taxes. A waste of gasoline? I guess they should just wait for calls to come in and not patrol or be pro-active? Sounds like a brilliant idea.


Patrolling is a legal activity when done within the scope of the law. Speeding is against the law when it is not an emergency situation, it also requires the use of lights n siren to be sure all other drivers are aware of this emergency situation and to pull over to allow them to navigate to this emergency. Driving over the speed limit is not only unlawful, it's wasteful not only in the fuel used but the wear and tear on said vehicle. How can one uphold the laws they are sworn to when they do not abide by those same laws? Have you E V E R heard of leading by example? LEO are supposed to conduct themselves in a professional manner, it is no wonder why so little people respect the badge. Respect is earned and retained and NOT GIVEN These are people first who are to be under the same constraints the rest of the public are held. You can not enforce the same laws in which are readily broken and easily explained away just by wearing a badge!

Whiskey in a Teacup

..."cops, deputies and such all pay taxes too. It means they kinda pay their own wages"_
>>makes mental note


Making a mental note for what? You didn't know that cops paid taxes?

Steve P

The next time you tell the officer you pay his wages, he should demand an immediate pay raise for dealing with morons like you.

Peninsula Pundit

Thanks for proving my point, Dye and Pee.
One calls names and the other comes up with such far-fetched hooey I can't believe they even believe it.
You must type awfully slow since you have to hold your nose while you type such BS.


It is now time to take action and remove these clowns from office; you do not need a governor ,take action now:
ORC 705.92
Procedure for removal of elective officer by recall.
Any elective officer of a municipal corporation may be removed from office by the qualified voters of such municipal corporation. The procedure to effect such removal shall be:

(A) A petition signed by qualified electors equal in number to at least fifteen per cent of the total votes cast at the most recent regular municipal election, and demanding the election of a successor to the person sought to be removed, shall be filed with the board of elections. Such petition shall contain a general statement in not more than two hundred words of the grounds upon which the removal of such person is sought. The form, sufficiency, and regularity of any such petition shall be determined as provided in the general election laws.

(B) If the petition is sufficient, and if the person whose removal is sought does not resign within five days after the sufficiency of the petition has been determined, the legislative authority shall thereupon order and fix a day for holding an election to determine the question of the removal of the elective officer, and for the selection of a successor to each officer named in said petition. Such election shall be held not less than thirty nor more than forty days from the time of the finding of the sufficiency of such petition. The election authorities shall publish notice and make all arrangements for holding such election, which shall be conducted and the result thereof returned and declared in all respects as are the results of regular municipal elections.

(C) The nomination of candidates to succeed each officer sought to be removed shall be made, without the intervention of a primary election, by filing with the election authorities, at least twenty days prior to such special election, a petition proposing a person for each such office, signed by electors equal in number to ten per cent of the total votes cast at the most recent regular municipal election for the head of the ticket.

(D) The ballots at such recall election shall, with respect to each person whose removal is sought, submit the question: "Shall (name of person) be removed from the office of (name of office) by recall?"

Immediately following each such question, there shall be printed on the ballots, the two propositions in the order set forth:

"For the recall of (name of person)."

"Against the recall of (name of person)."

Immediately to the left of the proposition shall be placed a square in which the electors may vote for either of such propositions.

Under each of such questions shall be placed the names of candidates to fill the vacancy. The name of the officer whose removal is sought shall not appear on the ballot as a candidate to succeed the officer's self.

In any such election, if a majority of the votes cast on the question of removal are affirmative, the person whose removal is sought shall be removed from office upon the announcement of the official canvass of that election, and the candidate receiving the plurality of the votes cast for candidates for that office shall be declared elected. The successor of any person so removed shall hold office during the unexpired term of the successor's predecessor. The question of the removal of any officer shall not be submitted to the electors until such officer has served for at least one year of the term during which he is sought to be recalled. The method of removal provided in this section, is in addition to such other methods as are provided by law. If, at any such recall election, the incumbent whose removal is sought is not recalled, the incumbent shall be repaid the incumbent's actual and legitimate expenses for such election from the treasury of the municipal corporation, but such sum shall not exceed fifty per cent of the sum that the incumbent is by law permitted to expend as a candidate at any regular municipal election.

Effective Date: 08-22-1995

Florence Nightingale

So go for it. I'm betting not enough signatures would be gathered.


I'm just curious why the sheriff did not respond to this complaint? maybe he allows such behavior there?I do not understand how police can just write tickets to people who speed and yet when they speed or break the law its ok?
I this officer would have hit someone who would have paid for the accident and injuries? Let me guess taxpayers..