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What not to do when paying fines

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Peter "Rade" Vasilijevich, 53, of Cherokee Village was arrested and charged with his fifth DWI within the past three years on Sept. 30.

According to Michael Davis, the Mammoth Spring officer who made the arrest, the circumstances surrounding Vasilijevich's most recent run-in with the law were "pretty entertaining," adding, "I know Rade pretty well through past encounters."

Davis said he was on duty Sept. 30 at the Mammoth Spring Police Station when he heard repeated sounds of tires squealing outside of City Hall. When he stepped outside to check on the noise, Vasilijevich stumbled out of the red Nissan that had been making the noise.

Vasilijevich had also run up over the curb as he attempted to park. According to Davis, Vasilijevich said he was there to pay his DWI fines.

"Rade, there's two problems," he told the suspect. "You have no license, and you're drunk now."

Davis arrested Vasilijevich, had his car impounded and transported him to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office in Salem.

While being transported, Vasilijevich allegedly attempted to punch out Davis's car windows and made numerous threats to burn down Davis's residence and kill him.

"Lock me up, but you're dead when I'm out," Vasilijevich allegedly said.

After the drive to the Fulton County facility, Vasilijevich was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, driving without a seat belt, careless driving and terroristic threatening.

Misdemeanor charges have been filed and felony charges are pending, according to Davis.

Vasilijevich is currently out on $3,300 bond and is awaiting a court date.

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