Sheriff: Safety issue prompted towing of vehicles

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In a statement, the sheriff stressed this was a safety issue.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 1:21 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says a few vehicles were towed Tuesday night due to obstruction.

He says 911 received several calls regarding traffic on Birmingham Ridge Road and the Garden Park subdivision.

“Traffic was not able to flow due to vehicles parked in the roadway,” he said.

Six unattended vehicles were towed due to obstruction. He says deputies made sure those affected had rides home once they returned to the area where they were parked.

“A good intention turned out to be total chaos and risked the safety of many people.”

Johnson says those neighborhood roads are not designed for the flow of traffic that was there.

In a statement, the sheriff stressed this was a safety issue. He says the sheriff’s department did not set out on a mission to stop an event.

“We were responding to numerous calls to fix a problem that already existed.”

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