Mt. Pleasant mayor criticizes police after wife gets ticket

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (AP) - The mayor of Mount Pleasant is criticizing the police department's speeding crack down after his wife got a ticket.

Mayor Billy Swails said Thursday that local residents are more worried about violent crimes.

Swails called the three-day crackdown in the Hobcaw subdivision a speed trap.

Police Chief Harry Sewell would not directly address Swails' statements. Sewell says traffic enforcement is based on collision data and resident requests. He says officers went to the subdivision two weeks ago because of reports of speeding.

Swails says the fact that his wife got a speeding ticket has nothing to do with his opinion of the crackdown. The mayor and his wife live in the subdivision.

Sewell says officers issued 39 tickets during the operation.

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