Police had to pay to arrest at fair

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LAPORTE, Ind., July 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Indiana said a sheriff's sergeant was made to pay a $5 admission fee to get into the LaPorte County Fair so he could make an arrest.

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mike Kellems arrived at the fair just after 5 p.m. Friday and told gate attendants he was there to take a fugitive into custody, The (LaPorte) Herald-Argus reported Wednesday.


However, workers at the fair, which used a private security firm instead of the county sheriff's department for the first time this year, insisted the deputy had to pay $5 admission.

Kellems paid the $5 and entered the fair, where sheriff's department Chief of Detectives John Boyd, who was at the fair on his off time, was waiting with fugitive Robert Aubin, 23, whom Boyd recognized at the fair.

"I think there's some common sense that got overlooked there," Gene Shurte, general manager of the LaPorte County Fair, said.

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