Baytown isn't fooling around when its public library wants its overdue books back. Joanne Ibarra was driving through the town east of Houston when a police officer stopped her for a traffic violation.
The officer wrote her citations for disregarding a traffic sign and having no insurance and no driver's license. Then, he placed her in handcuffs and took her to the city jail for failure to return a library book. Ibarra was released after paying a $118 fine and $50 in court costs.
Baytown assistant City manager Kelvin Knauf points out that not returning an overdue book violates a city ordinance. He says notices were sent to Ibarra about the book, then issued a warrant for her arrest when there was no response.