It's warrant round up time in Texas. If someone has an outstanding warrant, area law enforcement will be knocking at their door soon to make an arrest. Hundreds of thousands of notices were recently mailed statewide by more than 300 law enforcement agencies throughout Texas to those with outstanding warrants.
Those notices told defendants to pay up on their fines or face arrest.
FOX 7 cameras were rolling early Saturday morning as Austin officers joined in on the statewide warrant round up. Officers are going after those with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions.
Agencies that participating are also communicating with each other. So that means if someone from Austin has a warrant outside of the city, APD can still arrest them for that warrant. Officers tell us the best thing violators can do is to try to pay off their fines or at least set up a payment plan with the court where the warrant was issued. Before police have to come and make an arrest.
"If you're struggling possibly, contact them. Let them know that situation. They'll work with you and that way their records show you're taking a proactive course in addressing this and just not letting it go by the wayside," said Sgt. Richard Ellsworth.
The statewide round up runs through March 9th.