By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor
Boone County —
If an 11-month trend continues, 1,000 felony cases could be made in Boone County this year — but that doesn’t mean the county’s crime rate has increased.
As of Dec. 1, 984 felony counts had been filed in local courts, Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer said. Through the same time last year, 728 felony charges had been filed.
A rise in burglary, drug and impaired driving cases are most concerning to Meyer, he said.
“The burglaries seem to be committed by known drug users who need to acquire some property in order to pawn it for money to buy drugs,” Meyer said.
Burglary cases have more than doubled, to 48, while the number of people arrested for operating while intoxicated — whether by alcohol or drugs — has also risen, from about 270 cases by the end of December last year, to a projected 325 this year, Meyer said.
“ I am concerned about the rise in these types of cases as well, for the obvious reason of the public safety risk it poses,” he said. “I would attribute the rise in the operating while intoxicated numbers to increased population and increased enforcement efforts.”
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