(La Vergne, Tenn.) One woman is behind bars after being arrested on Thursday (5/26/22), thanks to the La Vergne license plate reader system.
The Blue Sentinel license plate reader alerted officers to a vehicle entering the city that had been reported as stolen. The driver was later spotted backing the vehicle into a spot at the Kroger parking lot on Murfreesboro Road.
Officers were able to stop the driver, identified as Amy Vanhorn, and take her into custody. Vanhorn was taken to Rutherford County Detention Center and faces multiple charges including felony possession of schedule I narcotics for resale, driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and charges relating to the stolen vehicle.
The license plate reader system used in La Vergne is utilized to detect and identify suspicious vehicles by reading their license plates as they enter the city. There are a total of eight video cameras on major roadways throughout La Vergne. If a license plate is tied to a crime that is listed in the National Crime & Information Center database, then authorities are quickly alerted if that vehicle passes a license plate reader.
Some of the reasons a license plate may be picked up by the reader include stolen vehicles, a license plate could be tied to the suspect of a shooting, a rape suspect on the run, burglary cases or a robbery. Different law enforcement agencies throughout the country also submit information to the NCIC database about wanted persons and the vehicle they were last seen driving.
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