Q: One Friday, at approximately 7:05 p.m., my husband and I were driving along Beeline in the left lane, going south. From what we could see, no cars were in the right lane. Before we got to Bonita, we noticed a car in our rear view mirror traveling well over the speed limit with their high beams on. As they got dangerously close, police car lights came on, obviously giving us quite a start since we were going the speed limit. We turned left on Bonita just to get out of its way. The police car continued on its way -- with lights and siren blaring, going who knows where. Frankly I have a great problem with the police in this town thinking they can behave the way they do without any repercussions. My questions are: What are the rules for the police department in this town? Why didn't they go around us at a reasonable rate of speed? Why did they have to follow so close and at such a high speed without their lights and siren on? Why did they not change lanes to avoid a potential accident?
A: "Our officers and our policy are all based on Arizona Revised Statute 28624, which is (for) authorized emergency vehicles," said Payson Police Commander Don Engler.
He quoted the part of ARS 28624 that applied:
"If the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle is operating at least one lighted lamp displaying a red or red and blue lens visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of the vehicle, the driver may ... proceed past a red stop signal or stop sign but only after slowing down as necessary for safe operation; exceed the prima facie speed limits if the driver does not endanger life or property; disregard laws or rules governing the direction of movement in specified directions."
"We always want our officers driving with due regard for the safety of the public," Engler said.
Engler's recommendation is that if someone has a complaint they should contact the police department at 474-5177 and make a report so it can be investigated. "The person calling does not need to know who the officer was because a lot of times we can determine who the officer is (by time, location and possibly other calls)," he said.
Q: Is In-N-Out Burger coming to Payson where the old Ed's Tire and Auto used to be on the Beeline?
A: "Right now the only (In-n-Out Burgers) that we have confirmed are Tucson and Marana Arizona," said Sarah Van Kirk a customer service representative at the corporate headquarters for In and Out Burger. "Also Kingman and Yuma. I do not have any confirmed information on (Payson), but that doesn't mean that we aren't looking, but we don't release any information until we are 100 percent sure we are going to put a store somewhere."
Q: Is Taco Bell going to be demolished and a new combination Taco Bell Long John Silver's Fish going to be put in its place?
A: "Not at this time. There's nothing planned." said Debbie Carver, district manager for Taco Bell. "We have one like that going in Winslow."
Q: How long will the rest area at the corner of Highways 87 and 188 be closed?
A: The rest area is closed for maintenance until Dec. 9, 2005, according to Susie Haught, administrative assistant at the Arizona Department of Transportation maintenance yard.
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