By Correne Martin
I could hardly refuse when presented the opportunity to ride along with an on-duty Prairie du Chien police officer. I thought it would be the perfect chance for me to gain some first-hand insight into the drunken brawls, drug busts and crashes we so often report in the pages of the Courier Press.
“Absolutely,” I said a few weeks ago, when Police Chief Chad Abram offered me the experience.
Last Thursday evening, June 19, I assumed my position as an observer in the passenger seat of Officer Tara Henry’s police squad.
It had been a rainy day, resulting in flooded city streets. Erecting barricades and evacuating residents would have made an excellent basis for this story, but as you’ll find as you read on, sensationalistic subject matter was simply not in the cards for us. By the time we got behind the dashboard around 8 p.m., the waters had receded and the community was quieting down.