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Oral Surgeon Helps Take Bite Out of Crime

March 12, 1991

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ When A. Richard Treadwell isn’t busy pulling teeth, he’s likely to be pulling over speeders.

″My wife and kids sometimes tell me, ’You do everything people don’t like. You write tickets and pull teeth. How are you going to have any friends,″ said Treadwell, an oral surgeon who works part-time as a Florida Highway Patrol officer.

Treadwell, 50, is one of nine reserve troopers. Others include a real estate agent, a home builder and two security guards.

The reservists, who are not paid, must take hundreds of hours of training and work patrol at least eight hours a month.

Treadwell, who joined the patrol 17 years ago, said he took the job because he was fed up with having to rebuild the mouths of victims of drunken drivers. He closes his practice each Wednesday to spend eight hours on the road.

″I feel every time you arrest a drunk driver, you’ve probably saved somebody’s life,″ he said.

He notes that not every traffic stop is a happy experience for him or the motorist, recalling a recent ticket he gave to a patient who had run a red light.

″The driver said, ’Dr. Treadwell. You took my wisdom teeth out. What are you doing here?‴ he said. ″I wish I could have let her go, but I couldn’t.″