Kidnapping Victim Found During Stop for Illegal Tint

December 10th, 2014 by Casey Flores

While there’s much debate as to how states should regulate vehicle tint laws, it’s tough to argue with the results of a particular traffic stop in Twiggs County, Ga. Because of a traffic stop for illegal tint, a 13-year-old girl was rescued from her alleged kidnapper.

According to the police report, Corporal Jeremy Johnson of Twiggs County Sherriff’s office, performed the traffic stop for “what appeared to be dark window tint.”

Dubel was driving an illegally-tinted Dodge Charger, which was the reason he got pulled over in the first place.

Dubel was driving an illegally-tinted Dodge Charger, which was the reason he got pulled over in the first place.

In the car was Keith Alan Dubel, 18, who had with him the 13-year-old girl.

“He could tell that they were extremely nervous and he smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment of the vehicle,” the report reads. “After he continued to speak with them, he knew the two had something to hide. Finally, after speaking with the female for some time, she admitted that she had left home and the couple was en route to Florida.”

Tony Watts is the shop manager of Rocket Science Car and Bike in Hiram, Ga., which is near where the kidnapping took place. It’s for reasons like these that he doesn’t install illegal tint (which must allow more than 32 percent of light in, according to Georgia state law).

“I agree with the laws that Georgia has in place regarding window tinting. We have laws to see what the driver’s doing—if you can’t see what the driver’s doing then you can’t tell if he’s doing an illegal action [including] kidnapping people,” he says. “I’m really glad the cops pulled him over for tint.”

And while he doesn’t install illegal film, many others do, he says. “It could have come out of any tint shop,” Watts explains.

Dubel was charged with an illegal tint violation, impeding the flow of traffic and possession of marijuana less than one ounce. He has more charges pending in Paulding County, where the kidnaping allegedly took place.

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  1. What does this say about those who drive with illegal tint and those who cannot successfully operate a legal auto window tinting business?

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