New Law Limits What Minnesota Bounty Hunters Can Wear, Drive
ST. PAUL (AP) - A new state law aimed at reining in Minnesota bounty hunters forbids bail bondsmen from using certain-colored uniforms or vehicles with emblems that the public might mistake for sworn officers.
The law passed with little public airing. Those behind it acknowledge it's designed largely with bounty hunter Stew Peters in mind. He's a private bail enforcement agent known to wear a police-like uniform and drive around in a specially equipped SUV similar to those used by law enforcement.
Peters says he'll abide by the law but is annoyed with the premise and process of passage. He denies impersonating a police officer and says he's out to apprehend bail jumpers.
The Minnesota Professional Bail Bonds Association wasn't involved in crafting the law, but the group's president is supportive of its intent.