A Parma, Ohio, man is trying to warn drivers of police DUI checkpoints, but his service may get him in trouble.
According to WJW-TV, Doug Odolecki, 43, was cited for obstructing justice after he held up a sign that said “Turn Now” ahead of a DUI checkpoint. This did not stop him; he continues to act, now with a camera and a sign that says “Police activity checkpoint ahead” to be more compliant.
Odolecki says he does not support drinking and driving, but wants to ensure that citizens are entitled to their rights. He runs the Greater Cleveland Cop Block, an online forum dedicated to holding the police accountable for their actions.
“You’re supposed to be free from being able to incriminate yourself, and you’re also supposed to be free from unlawful searches and seizures which we believe these checkpoints are,” he said.
The police are required to publicize the checkpoints, and Odolecki travels to different spots throughout Northeast Ohio to make sure the message is received. Police have reacted differently to his presence, from offering him pizza to issuing him a citation.
“It’s free speech no matter how you look at it,” he said.