"A lot of times people think we don't do anything with the anonymous tips we receive," Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Frazier said after arresting Eddie Webster Jr., Heather Webster and Randy E. Gilleland during a traffic stop. "But we work hand-in-hand with the public to fight crime, and this proves it."
Assisted by deputies Jamie Switzer and Rob Gambill and Brazil City Patrolman Todd Stemm, Frazier performed the traffic stop in an area near County Road 1300 North, just east of State Road 59.
After being taken into custody without incident, the three Carbon residents were booked into the Clay County Justice Center: Eddie Webster Jr., 48, on preliminary charges of being a habitual traffic violator; Heather Webster for a warrant on petition to revoke her probation on felony auto theft and Randy E. Gilleland for a warrant on petition to revoke his probation on battery with serious bodily injury on a law enforcement officer.
A twist of fate placed Frazier and Stemm, who just happened to be on duty when the call came in, at the scene of the arrest Monday.
Both Frazier and Stemm were invoved in a struggle with Gilleland during a previous arrest, in which Frazier was injured.
On Nov. 19, 2006, Frazier and Stemm were dispatched to the Carbon area after numerous 911 callers reported a suspicious man acting strange. Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered Randy E. Gilleland knocking on doors and trying to get inside homes in the area.
The struggle ensued when officers tried to take Gilleland into custody, and the right Achilles' tendon of Frazier's leg was almost torn in two. It took an hour-long surgical procedure and more than six months of rehabilitation before Frazier could return to duty in June.
Stemm and Frazier are happy to have three alleged felons arrested and off the streets, but they are even more happy that the public had a part in this arrest.
"A lot of the time people don't think they are involved in the fight against crime," Frazier said. "This just goes to show that when ever the public is involved by providing information to the department it is a win-win situation."