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Does Carolina Beach Police Department’s jurisdiction begin before or after you cross Snow’s Cut Bridge?

Brian Freskos
StarNews

Technically, police jurisdiction begins in the middle of Snow’s Cut Bridge, according to Lt. B. Goodson of the Carolina Beach Police Department.

But it’s more complicated than that, of course. Police, for example, can exercise territorial jurisdiction for one mile beyond the boundary of the town limits, meaning Carolina Beach still has say on the mainland side of Snow’s Cut bridge, Goodson said.

Also, Carolina Beach police can arrest a person outside the town limits if that person does something illegal within the jurisdiction. The same applies vice versa: If somebody does something illegal, say, in Wilmington, then Carolina Beach police can make the arrest once the suspect enters the town limits.

The vicinity of Snow’s Cut Bridge is reportedly where stealthy police officers often lie in wait for speeders coming over both sides of the bridge. See what others had to say by visiting the National Speed Trap Exchange.

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One Response to “ Does Carolina Beach Police Department’s jurisdiction begin before or after you cross Snow’s Cut Bridge?”

  1. On December 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm Ray Rothrock wrote:

    Take a look at the Zoning Map of Carolina Beach and it shows the ETJ boundary as being on the south side of Snow’s Cut. So, does than mean Carolina Beach Police should NOT be on the North Side of Snow’s Cut Bridge unless they are in pursuit of someone that broke a law on the South iside of the bridge? Ask an Attorney or Ben David, District Attorney.



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