By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town police officer Ward Sigler was on his first bicycle patrol for only 10 minutes when he saw how effective it can be.
"You can sneak around nice and quiet," Sigler said.
He had just left the station and had ridden quietly up on a drug dealer in the midst of a transaction.
"He took off running. He couldn't outrun a bike," Sigler said.
That was about four years ago, when Charles Town first started a bicycle patrol. After a while the program fell by the wayside, but the new police chief, Mike Aldridge, has reinstituted it.