Multiple stop signs knocked down around Clay County

Clay County EMA urging for information, calling action dangerous and jeopardizing peoples’ lives
The Clay County EMA shared this photo of a stop sign that was hit by a vehicle. It is one of...
The Clay County EMA shared this photo of a stop sign that was hit by a vehicle. It is one of multiple that happened over the Easter weekend.(Clay County Emergency Management)
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 3:13 PM CDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Clay County Emergency Manager said people ran over stop signs on county roads over the Easter weekend, jeopardizing the lives of others traveling the roadways.

On Friday evening into Saturday morning, seven stop signs were run over on county roads around the Sutton area. One more was on the Fillmore County side of Road Z, with two others along Hwy 6, in the Sutton area.

Clay County EMA Tim Lewis said on his social media page “There are so many scenarios where this is bad. The people doing this never have had a family member lost in a broadside crash at an intersection or had to respond to cut victims out of vehicle they were trapped in.

Lewis shared a photo showing one of the stop signs that was hit. He said the vehicle entered the ditch at speed, took down the sign, on Road 317 at Road Z and sped away north bound on Road Z. The vehicle could have very easily rolled coming out of this ditch. Their driving was endangering them and others on the road as the suspect crashed through intersections running these STOP signs down.

He said many people use those signs for reference. If a car not from the area doesn’t know there should be a stop sign, they will go enter the intersection and a two vehicle crash could happen.

The Clay County Highway Dept., Nebraska State Department of Roads, and Fillmore County all had crews out replacing these signs.

Lewis said workers had to come out on their days off and dig new post holes.

“That is overtime usually and your tax dollars being spent due to malicious actions of another,” said Lewis.

He said it happened again Sunday night.

“Lives are being put at risk,” said Lewis.

This is criminal destruction of property.

Anyone with information on the suspect, suspects, and the vehicle involved can contact CrimeStoppers and report this anonymously or you can call 1-800-422-1494.

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