Det. Mike Seago and Patrol Officer Mike Owens were honored at the Sandhills Regioal MADD meeting in Hope Mills on Mar. 22.
This marks the fourth time Det. Seago has earned the award and the second time for Officer Owens.
“Speaking for myself, Officer Owens and the other members of the department, I just do my job. If there is a violation and I come in contact with a driver, I do my job. I’m proud to represent my department for getting impaired drivers off the road because it saves lives. We are sworn to protect and this is an important way in which we do that,” Det. Seago said. He added that while he is obligated to make charges against offenders, he also goes out of his way to assist anyone in need. “I’m always willing to to help out anybody I can help.”
Officer Owens said that most driving while impaired arrests are made during traffic checks or during vehicle stops for violations.
Det. Seago has worked with the SPPD for nine and one half years. Officer Owens has worked with the SPPD for three years.
Each year, local police departments are surveyed by the Sandhills Rehgional MADD Association for the two officers who make the most driving while impaired arrests during the year. Those officers are then recognized with a plaque during an annual meeting.
“I am proud of these two officers for their dedication to protecting the public by charging drivers who are driving while impaired,” said Chief Tommy Hagens. “When they see an infraction, they act accordingly as is their duty.”