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The book Terror on Highway 59 was about a reporter by the name of Steve Sellers Steve was in his second week of his new job for the Austin American Statesmen when his city editor handed him a letter containing weird behavior on Highway 59 The letter was from a man named JE Foley Foley complained about the San Jacinto County Sheriffs department Foley was on his way home from Kentucky after visiting some friends in Houston and had bought a new car The officers pulled over the car he was driving without any probable cause Then they searched the car and found less than two ounces of marijuana Foleys son admitted the weed was his and the officers proceeded in arresting the passenger as well Foleys son and his girlfriend were then taken to jail JE had to pay large amounts of money to bail both persons out of jail There was 21000 of additional charges to plead guilty free of going to court and a towing fee of 4500 plus a state tax of 225 Mr Foley paid with a credit card and later cancelled that payment Foley noticed several other cars were stopped as well and he wanted the whole Dukes of Hazard- Boss- Hog operation checked out Steve Sellers was interested in the story so he began making trips to San Jacinto CountyDuring Steves visits to San Jacinto County he would gain more information and get a better understanding of how the San Jacinto Sheriffs Department worked He found that people were being pulled over without any probable cause If there was a motive to pull someone over it was usually just an imaginary cause made up to allow the officers to search the car The officers would do strip searches on the side of the road and use water torture in order to gain information out of people When making an arrest the officer would not read them their rights
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