Police Dressed In Drag Catch Red Light Runners
POSTED: 1:22 pm PST December 13, 2006
UPDATED: 2:33 pm PST December 13, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County police and sheriff's deputies gave a new meaning to the term "Dragnet" Wednesday.
They spent the morning catching drivers allegedly running red lights at busy intersections in West Palm Beach -- all while dressed in drag.
Police told TV station WPBF that 6-foot-tall, 250-pound "Officer Delicious," who in real life is Officer Terry Golden, attracted a lot of attention while dressed as a woman during the Red Light Runner campaign.
Officer Delicious stood at the intersection and radioed fellow officers down the street, who would pull over violators.
Authorities reported they pulled over and ticketed 77 drivers who ran red lights in just under 90 minutes. Each driver received a ticket for $185.50, meaning Palm Beach County pulled in $14,283.50 in all.
Police said Officer Dave Oxley also played along in the sting, dressing up as homeless-eccentric "Officer Looney."
Organizers told WPBF they hope the operation will send a strong message to motorists to think twice about running red lights.