OK, you can’t make this up. This via AP today:
Laurelville Chief Mike Berkemeier says he fell ill after eating the cake a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. He says he drove a few blocks to the police station, where medics took him for medical testing.
The Logan Daily News reports Berkemeier was hospitalized for more than a day. While there, a phone call with his daughter revealed the cake had been laced with an oil form of the psychoactive chemical component that causes a high from marijuana.
Meanwhile, this story is still kicking around from just a day or two ago. I smell a rat! Or, maybe it’s Reefer Madness!! Bonus – video report on his recovering from eating the whole pot-laced cake.
A political battle is brewing in Laurelville, where some residents say they think the newpolice chief is being too aggressive in his efforts to fight crime.
Last year, Police Chief Mike Berkemeier pledged to clean up the town, and he’s done that by making drug raids and issuing more speeding tickets.
But some residents and city council members fear he’s scaring away business with his aggressive tactics.
Until last summer, Laurelville only had a handful of police officers. Now, counting auxiliary, part-time, and special time officers, there are 17.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve found that there were several individuals that were, that have lived here a long time and have been able to … get away with whatever they wanted to do,” Berkemeier said.
Last month, Laurelville police conducted a fairly sizable drug raid, but it’s what Berkemeier is doing with patrol officers that has some residents saying he’s going too far.
Before he took office last year, the department’s officers wrote between five and ten traffic citations per month. Last month alone, officers wrote 44 citations and stopped nearly 60 vehicles.