A Story Review on "Terror on Highway 59"

            The book, Terror on Highway 59 was about a reporter by the name of Steve Sellers. Steve was in his second week of his new job, for the Austin American Statesmen, when his city editor handed him a letter containing weird behavior on Highway 59. The letter was from a man named J.E. Foley. Foley complained about the San Jacinto County Sheriffs department. Foley was on his way home from Kentucky after visiting some friends in Houston, and had bought a new car. The officers pulled over the car he was driving without any probable cause. Then they searched the car and found less than two ounces of marijuana. Foley's son admitted the weed was his and the officers proceeded in arresting the passenger as well. Foley's son and his girlfriend were then taken to jail. J.E. had to pay large amounts of money to bail both persons out of jail. There was $210.00 of additional charges to plead guilty, free of going to court, and a towing fee of $45.00 plus a state tax of $2.25. Mr. Foley paid with a credit card and later cancelled that payment. Foley noticed several other cars were stopped as well and he wanted the whole "Dukes of Hazard- Boss- Hog” operation checked out. Steve Sellers was interested in the story so he began making trips to San Jacinto County.

             During Steve's visits to San Jacinto County, he would gain more information and get a better understanding of how the San Jacinto Sheriff's Department worked. He found that people were being pulled over without any probable cause. If there was a motive to pull someone over, it was usually just an imaginary cause made up to allow the officers to search the car. The officers would do strip searches on the side of the road and use water torture in order to gain information out of people. When making an arrest the officer would not read them their rights and they would transfer them to jail at high speeds. When those people arrived at jail, they were forced to pay high amounts of bail and fines in order to get out of what they were already in.

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