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Police cite Ohioan for DUI checkpoint warning sign

Published: Wed, June 18, 2014 @ 2:27 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A suburban Cleveland man says police violated his First Amendment rights of free speech when they cited him for holding a sign warning motorists to turn if they wanted to avoid a police DUI checkpoint.

Douglas Odolecki, 43, held a sign Friday night in Parma that said: “Check point ahead! Turn now!”

He and his attorney are fighting the citation. Odolecki says police sometimes abuse their authority and he believes he’s fighting for a just cause.

A Parma police spokesman says city attorneys previously determined the part of the sign telling motorists to turn is illegal.

It’s not the first time Odolecki used the sign or got into trouble for it. Parma police arrested him in September 2012 for having a knife in his pocket while holding that sign.


1billdog1(4694 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't understand the big deal, the police publish they are setting these check points up. I hope he wins this case and the officer that arrested him is given the nasty shake of the finger.

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2dontbeafool(1792 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This guy could be a jackarse, however, holding a sign is equivalent to flashing your headlights to warn motorist of a radar trap. I believe a few months ago, a ruling said that the flashing of lights was legal. What's next, arresting someone for having a sign in their yard telling motorist to slow down, children in area?

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3JoeFromHubbard(1650 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Another case of over zealous cops and city officials.

Is revenue really that tight in Parma?

Jay Leno used to make jokes about Parma.

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