Backlash against Arizona’s beleaguered statewide automated ticketing program has struck again according to KTVK/AZFamily.
This time, an individual is accused of using a rock to smash into a Redflex surveillance talivan, causing “significant damage.”
The vans—which yield a high profit margin for the Australian company—have recently been disabled with post it notes in other parts of Arizona, as well as towed away by upset property owners in Louisiana.
On July 5, 2009 at about 15 minutes past midnight Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies were at the Pilot Truck Stop in Belmont investigating a possible domestic dispute.
A second vehicle with two deputies responded to assist. They were driving west bound on Interstate Highway 40 when one of the deputies observed an individual in close proximity to an unmanned DPS Photo Radar vehicle.
As the deputies pulled in behind the photo radar vehicle located on the shoulder of the east bound lanes in the area of mile marker 184.5, a suspect who was later identified as twenty-seven year old Louis Sanchez of Tucson Arizona exited the vehicle through the driver’s side door.
The deputies observed that the window of the front driver’s side door had smashed with a rock.
Deputies arrested Sanchez for felony criminal damage and misdemeanor trespass to the DPS [REDFLEX! –CF] vehicle. The interior of the photo radar vehicle sustained significant damage to include damage to computer equipment.