Norway Mayor Jim Preacher was not apparently happy about being pulled over by a South Carolina state trooper for speeding. After being given a ticket, Preacher proceeded to put on his own blue lights and pulled over the trooper in his capacity as Norway’s chief constable.
Notably, the town council disbanded the Norway police department last year. In January, Preacher told the city that he should be paid $32,000 a year as constable but that he would not demand the payment.
Preacher says that he was pursuing a car that he thought was involved in a burglary when pulled over.
He also says that his son Jamie is working for $400 a month to assist with the water and sewer department for the town, which is in obvious financial distress.
Previously, Preacher was accused of breaking into the town hall but insisted that he had a smaller man go through a window when he found he could not get in — but declined to identify the man. He took the action after winning the office but having a dispute with the outgoing mayor — who called the police on the break in and demanded a charge of burglary. Cindy Williams insisted that she had more time to serve a mayor.
It appears that Norway, South Carolina is a previously unknown treasure trove of controversies. We are considering opening a satellite office in Norway for the blog. I am looking at who among our guest bloggers will be dispatched to the location.