Missouri State Highway Patrol

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released results from their annual school bus inspection program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Across the state, over 12 thousand school buses were inspected twice within the past year. Buses with no defective items found receive an “approved” rating, those found with defective items that do not constitute an immediate danger receive a “defective” rating, and those posing immediate danger are taken out of service. Of all the inspected buses, 90.6% received an “approval” rating by inspection personnel.

Sgt. Clark Parrott/MSHP

The largest fentanyl seizure in the state of Missouri was made in New Madrid County last week.

 

During a traffic stop and search on Nov. 1, the Missouri State Highway Patrol discovered almost five pounds of the powerful opioid drug in a suspect’s vehicle, which had been traveling northbound on Interstate 55. The driver, 27-year-old Angel Larar-Esteban of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested for felony drug trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

A report released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol found that the number of traffic fatalities over the fourth of July holiday nearly tripled from last year’s counting period.

 

Sergeant Clark Parrott, Public Information Officer of MSHP’s Troop E, says 494 traffic accidents were reported across the state, which resulted in 14 fatalities.

 

Replogle Defends Airplane Purchase

Jan 30, 2013
Missouri State Highway Patrol

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is defending the agency’s purchase of a new airplane. Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft.

More than one committee member asked Replogle about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th.  Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.