Deputy has to pay to make arrest at county fair

LAPORTE, IN (AP) - A sheriff's deputy was told he had to pay admission before he could enter the LaPorte County Fair to make an arrest.

Sgt. Mike Kellems was called to the fairgrounds Friday to arrest a person another deputy had recognized as wanted on a felony warrant.

But when he stopped at the gate to tell attendants why he was there, Kellems was told he had to pay the $5 admission price.

The fair hired a private security firm this year, but deputies have to be called in to make any arrests.

Under the new rules, deputies have to pay admission unless called to make an arrest. It wasn't clear why the attendants insisted Kellems pay.

The fair's general manager says common sense got overlooked.

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