Man ticketed for warning of sobriety checkpoint

Doug 'Deo' Odolecki stood on a street corner Friday night with sign warning drivers about an upcoming drunken-driving checkpoint, but two words on the sign cost him a citation and an upcoming trial.

The sign, white poster-board with black letters, read: "Check point ahead! Turn now!"

Parma Police Lt. Brian McCann asked him to remove the part of the sign that told drivers to "turn now" because it was obstructing police business. Odolecki refused and was given a ticket by officer James Manzo, who was involved in a $40,000 police-brutality lawsuit earlier this year.
McCann and Manzo were out of the office and not available for comment.

Police must alert residents a week before a drunken-driving checkpoint starts, and a few hours before, the exact location, start and end times must be available to the public.

A bill pending in the Ohio House of Representatives would make it legal for drivers to warn others of upcoming checkpoints by flashing their headlights.

Odolecki said McCann and Manzo "tried to be a civil as they could knowing they were violating someone's rights."

He said he was standing on the sidewalk at the intersection of Brookpark Road and State Road, a half mile away from a drunken-driving checkpoint that was at Tuxedo Avenue and State Road.


  1. He should have asked the cops where the "Free Speech Zone" was located.

  2. Carroll PriceJune 17, 2014

    If I lived in Ohio and were on the jury, the jury would be hung, good and tight. I hope someone in Ohio has enough common sense to hang the jury to save this victim from police-state tactics designed to eliminate freedom of speech.

  3. What a piece of shit this douchebag is. May you and "daddy" experience a rotor failure on that helicopter. It's idiots like this waste of space that almost make it worth experiencing the whole thing collapse; just to watch them be the first to know what the aristocracy felt during the French Revolution. He's also the reason the total wealth anyone can accumulate should be limited. Having done nothing is the reason this asshole should be forced into the slums and have to make his own way. Wouldn't last a second. Not worth the gunpowder it would cost to blow him away.

  4. challengeauthorityJune 18, 2014

    Lysander Spooner put it best: But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

  5. René MartinJune 18, 2014

    Drunk drivers should be punished severely, not aided and abetted by fellow alcoholics


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