Macon police arrest residents for unpaid fines

Macon police arrested a dozen people this morning who accounted for $31,000 in unpaid municipal fines in Macon's first roundup of municipal court violators.

Officers collected warrants on 150 people with last names from the first half of the alphabet and took to the streets at 5 a.m., said Macon Police Lt. Robert Grabowski.

Officers started bringing in wanted individuals as early as 6:30 a.m.

In court, some people chose to plea guilty to their charges and pay their fines. Others who proclaimed innocence were given new court dates.

Grabowski said officers will continue serving warrants throughout the morning and then will regroup for another roundup on May 22.

John Pattan, director of Municipal Court, has said about 1,000 arrest warrants have been issued. The average overdue fine is about $1,000.

In the week since police first announced the roundup, Pattan said his office has been flooded with phone calls from people interested in squaring up with the court.

He said he had to borrow an additional phone and ask another city employee to answer calls to handle the higher call volume.

Anyone with an outstanding Municipal Court warrant or fee is asked to call (478) 751-7154. Pattan said Municipal Court accepts cash, checks, money orders, cashier's checks and credit cards as forms of payment.

Macon Police Chief Mike Burns has said other unannounced roundups are expected.

"We're going to find you," Grabowski said. "It's just a matter of time."