Where's a cop when you need one?


June 23, 2003, 11:34 PM
This was the Monday from H E doublehockeysticks and it started Saturday. I shall begin...

My wife dropped her truck off to get the 30K maintenance done. Everything seemed peachy until she tried to drive it on Sunday. Her truck was hard to start and felt like it was taking off in 3rd gear, very ugly. We take it back to the dealer on Sunday for a Monday a.m. fixup.

Now I'm Daddy's shuttle service. My son has to go to summer camp and then I need to drop my wife off at work before I drive to my office. We get to camp and drop our son off, go to the truck to leave... and my faithful Trooper won't start. We call AAA and wait for 1.5 hours for a tow, with me trying to start the trooper every 15 minutes or so. I kid you not, the second the tow truck pulls up, the trooper fires and off we go. I drop my wife at work and head to the office. Over lunch, I do a swap for the new pistols mentioned in another thread and I'm good to go. Unfortunately, being gone for the entire morning puts me 4 hours behind schedule on a project that already has a short fuse. I hustle for the rest of the day to get caught up only to have another rush project cross my desk at the 11th hour. Oh joy. Not to mention that I have to leave at 4:30 to get to my wife's office to pick up her up in time to make it downtown to get our son. All that accomplished and we head to the dealership to pick up my wife's truck, which is now fixed.

So, I take the appropriate exit and I'm in the right hand lane. The light changes and we're moving through the intersection when some yutz in a Gold Crown Vic decides that traffic is moving too slow and he wants to move from the left lane to the right lane, right through me. I see him coming, get out of the way by the skin of my teeth and then hit the horn. He's pushed me into the turn only lane so I speed up enough to find a break in the traffic and merge back into the right hand lane from the turn lane. All is well.

I'm coming up to the left turn for the dealership and merge smoothly into the left hand lane preparing for a left turn. The car behind me changes lanes and guess who is behind me... Mr. Crown Vic. He punches it and comes up my rear hard and changes lanes barely missing my rear bumper. He pulls up alongside, mouths something and then... SWERVES AND RUNS INTO MY TRUCK FROM THE SIDE!

GEEZ! Anyway, I pull over and get his license plate number as he speeds away... yep, he's fleeing the scene of an accident. My wife is beginning to write the number down as I recite it over and over when out of the blue, a NC State Trooper comes flying by with full lights going, catches the guy and pulls him over. He motions for us to come up to where they are. We drive up and the Trooper, it turns out, was heading home after his shift. He comes over and makes sure that everyone is OK. We are, the Trooper (my Isuzu Trooper that is) is only a little bit worse for the wear. The State Trooper asks if we are OK and Cindy and I both confirm and continue, notify the officer of CHP and concealed weapon status. He smiles and says, "As long as we keep 'em concealed given the circumstances.". I asked if he saw what happened and he saw the whole thing. He summoned local PD, added his testimony to the police report and was on his way. When the Cary PD Officer showed up, we notified her of CHP and weapons and her reply was, "Thank you, the Trooper told me already". She was professional and courteous and we had a nice chat about the guys at the PD that we both know and her 6 children.

I'm very interested in the Police Report. I left with a very nice feeling regarding the officers involved and their diligence and courtesy. Very nicely done. So for all those times I asked myself, "Where's a cop when you need one!", well, he's right behind me, running down that jerk that just practiced his road rage technique on my truck, before he heads for home and gives his own kids a smooch and a hug.

Damage to the truck is minor, but his insurance is going through the roof.

We've got some good cops down here, and local LEOS in my town are top notch. Durham has it's fair share of loons and troubles, but they've also got folks like Fed168, who do what they can to keep the tide in our favor.

For all who do, I'm raising one for you.

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4v50 Gary
June 23, 2003, 11:41 PM
Delightful story. Happy ending for a miserable cuss of a driver. I'd also think of battery charges (civil). :evil:

June 23, 2003, 11:41 PM
That's really sweet man. One of those times when the cop just happens to be there right when you're wishing a cop was there and the BG gets what's coming to him. Outstanding!

brad cook

June 24, 2003, 12:11 AM
great story "Not great about your vehicle though" I hope when i get my license to carry the cops will be as nice..they wont though because of my age...Great story though

June 24, 2003, 12:12 AM
In the words of the late Hannibal Smith (George Peppard sp?) "I love it when a plan comes together! ( lights cigar).

Don Gwinn
June 24, 2003, 12:17 AM
Beautiful. Police work, like comedy, is all about timing. . . . . :D

June 24, 2003, 12:45 AM
The only traffic accident I've been involved in was back in college. I was stopped at a red light, and was rear-ended by a woman who failed to notice both the red light and me because she was too busy waving to her neighbor who was driving in the opposite direction.

Across the intersection, waiting to turn left, was a police cruiser.

All the paperwork and statements took MAYBE 5 minutes. Fortunately, no one was injured and the damage to my car was minimal. OTOH, being a poor college student, I used the insurance check to pay a couple months worth of rent (and beer). Never did get that bumper fixed.

4 eyed six shooter
June 24, 2003, 01:01 AM
It's great when a LEO is there when you need one, but for the 97% of the time they are not, happiness is a warm gun.:D

June 24, 2003, 01:14 AM
Ouch my neck, I can't feel my legs please call an ambulance!:evil:

Great cop story. Its needed

June 24, 2003, 01:46 AM
from the title i was expecting the worst....but that was beautiful. some people have the worst sense of timing.

June 24, 2003, 10:49 AM
Reminds me of the time I used up a lifetime's worth of luck in one incident. A lady ran a red light as I was crossing a street and ran into me (and I didn't have my car with me at the time :eek: ). I was unhurt, the only damage to my bicycle was a gash on one of the hand grips, and there just happened to be a cop sitting at that very same red light.

Plus I put a couple of sizeable dents in her car. :evil:

By the way, if you've ever considered lying in the street, hoping no one else runs the light, I can tell you it's not what it's cracked up to be. :uhoh:

June 24, 2003, 11:20 AM
Bet you woke up stiff this morning, and you really need to see a doctor... Those soft tissue injuries can be nasty...

I'll say it again...


And a lawyer who specializes in chasing ambulances...

June 24, 2003, 11:25 AM
Great cop story. Its needed
Yes we do. Good to know that most of them aren't going around shoot'n dogs or beatin' Mardi Gras'ers.


June 24, 2003, 11:30 AM
i had a guy tailgating me once whom i had to finally speed up to 85, with him still tight on my bumper, to get around the slower traffic and get out of his way.

unknown to him and me, as he gave me the 1 finger salute on the way by, there was a statie in a unmarked chevy suburban right on HIS tail, as soon as he flipped me the bird the statie flipped on the lights and siren (we're still doing 85) and pulled that sucker over

i thought maybe i was going to get it too but he made no motions for me to pull over so i just a kept on goin'

with a big ol' grin on my face


i always wondered what kind of charges the guy got but i have to imagine at least road rage kind of stuff if not reckless driving

he had a few questions to answer for the officer i'm pretty sure...


June 24, 2003, 04:30 PM
Good story and love the outcome!

June 24, 2003, 05:02 PM
I think Bogie has the right idea. This clown should owe you $$$ for the "pain and suffering."

I hear Isuzu is coming out w/ a redesigned Trooper next year. A new Trooper sounds like a good idea doesn't it? Too bad it's the same as a Chevy Trailblazer this time around.

June 24, 2003, 05:11 PM
Thanks for the support, Kirk.

June 24, 2003, 06:06 PM
Durham has it's fair share of loons and troubles
When I made this statement at the end of my original post, I was NOT referring to the Durham PD. These folks are every bit as top-notch as the Cary PD (even though Cary has better shooters... :D) I was referring to the ghouls and goblins they're up against.

Just so there's no misunderstanding.

June 24, 2003, 07:36 PM
Keller, easy on that, heh heh heh.

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