Dad and son arrested for driving around town with siren, PA system, deputies say

Dad and son arrested for driving around town with siren, PA system, deputies say
Ryan Schmidt and his son, Luke Schmidt, are accused of driving around Woodstock with a siren and PA system on their car. (Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A Cherokee County father and son are facing charges for driving around Woodstock while using a siren and talking to people from a PA system on their car, deputies say.

Someone called 911 to report the car around 11 a.m. Saturday. The caller said the man inside was instructing people to get out of their vehicles.

Deputies found the car stopped in a shopping center in Towne Lake. Inside they found 51-year-old Ryan Schmidt, his 17-year-old son, Luke Schmidt, and three of his son’s friends.

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Deputies say Ryan Schmidt was operating the siren and PA system while his son drove the car.

“Schmidt explained that he had recently purchased the siren and PA and was showing it off to his son and friends in the vehicle,” Howard Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Luke Schmidt was charged with use of an emergency siren and aggressive driving. Ryan Schmidt was charged with use of an emergency siren and party to the crime of aggressive driving.