Outstanding Warrant Woes

by Christa Lollis

Within the last year the city of Lufkin has served 4000 warrants to East Texans. It may sound like a problem but the bigger issue is that there are more than 17,000 outstanding warrants with the city. "We do have almost 180 felony warrants outstanding as well. Some of those are several years old. We do have some murder warrants included in that some dated back to the 1970's."

The hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines means money the city and state lose. Money that could be used to improve Lufkin. Not turning yourself in or taking care of those fines will hurt the offender in the long run. Young says, "If you have unpaid tickets you're not gonna be able to renew your drivers license and there are steps or considerations being made to attach it to your vehicle registration and other things like that. There are just a backlog of these things all over the state of Texas and we're looking for ways to decrease that."

Even with the high number of outstanding warrants Lt. Young says he doesn't want East Texans to be concerned. "The people who should be worried are the people who have the warrants. It's better to take care of these on your time than it is for us to find you on a traffic stop and take you in and tow your car."

The police department says leaving Lufkin won't help because they say you can run but you can't hide. "You can run from us but if you get stopped and they run you through the computer it's gonna show up," Young warns criminals. Then you'll wind up in jail and you could face even more fines.