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Rock Hill's Legendary (Infamous) Ticket-Writing Traffic Cop Set to Retire Radar Gun

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"So I write up the ticket and come back to her car and ask her to sign it," Zeigler recalls. "She tells me she's going to kill herself. Then she gets out of the car and starts beating her head against a concrete wall. There was blood everywhere, and I had to call an ambulance."

Another memorable stop occurred in the mid-1980s, not long after Zeigler joined Rock Hill's finest. "I gave this ticket to a guy who was speeding on McKnight. Well, it turns out it was Stan Musial. I guess I didn't know it at the time or put two and two together. But anyway, the department called me sometime later and said, 'Do you know you just gave a ticket to Stan Musial?'"

The incident must have made some impression on the Cardinals great, for in 1985, when Zeigler was selected State of Missouri Traffic Officer of the Year, it was Stan The Man who presented the award.

Zeigler says he looks forward to retirement, to painting the house, fixing up the garden, doing some long-neglected landscapingand being with his wife of 43 years, Earline.

"I'm going to miss the residents of Rock Hill," he says. "But I'm not going to miss stopping cars and giving people tickets. Not going to miss that at all."



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tracylynneb
tracylynneb

Liar Liar - I wish your pants would actually catch fire! It is now 05/2013 and I just got a ticket from this Jerk!  I have many many friends that are cops and work around a lot of them.  This guy was a class A jerk!!! As a matter of fact I was told of this article by another cop who knew EXACTLY who had pulled me over when I began to tell of how much of a jerk this cop was that pulled me over! It is sad that many, many municipalities away another cop  knew where I was and who pulled me over by how I told him this guy acted to me!!!!! 

 I do not buy for one millisecond that this guy says he won't miss writing tickets! this guy clearly enjoyed the heck out of writing that ticket and when I discovered my insurance card in my wallet was the expired one...I thought he was going to need a moment alone!! 

40 mph hardly makes a speed demon of someone. It can easily happen going down a hill and not paying attention to the speedometer because you have ten thousand other things on your mind and on your plate and you are just keeping up with the flow of traffic. 

I cannot imagine that with writing upwards of 60 tickets in a day he has any time left to take any calls that would be coming in to the city for real police work. I can imagine no other officers would want to work a shift with him because they would know that he is not going to help out with any incoming calls- too busy - got revenue to collect! 

 This is clearly nothing more than legal harassment! He is not protecting the citizens, He is however serving- but it is the local government he is feeding and serving- not the public!  If you pay attention to the article the only people  that raved about him are those in the line of the money flow. Of course they love him, because of him they don't have to ask the citizens who are using the the revenue provided services to actually pay for them, they can stick some sorry sap for the tab who happens to not be paying enough attention while traveling through on their way to or from work. For those of you do-gooders who say'"People pay attention when they drive through Rock Hill now- it's much safer" Bull hockey! Now they are just staring at their speedometers more than the road or what ever else would normally be distracting them.  And don't pretend you are perfect Polly Annas either. If you are human you have had moments of being human.  

 The way this guy acts and speaks to people and the sheer high numbers of folks he has pulled over it is a wonder that he has not caused one of the mentally unstable folks that he has pulled over to snap on him! He should really retire. He still talks to people like policemen used to when it was unthinkable that someone would snap on an officer.  One of these times he is not going to be so lucky! And the older he gets the more of a target he becomes for one of these punk thugs, because they will look at him and think they can easily take him. 

IMHO



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