Saturday, January 30, 2010
Had a nice dinner then walked out into the stinging wind. Damn, I about ran to the car and hopped in! This was going to be one of those evenings where I wasn't getting out of the car unless I had to. We got called to assist on a warrant service. The guy wasn't home but left a utility worker alone in the house who said he was at dinner. I don't know too many people who leave utility workers in their homes while they go out. I suspect the worker was a friend who called him and warned him not to come home. Before we left the warrant officer told me a funny story. He had been looking for a guy on a child support non-payment warrant and at one point caught up to him but the guy ran from him and got away. About a year later the officer was dining with his wife and guess who his waiter was! Yep, the same fugitive he'd been hunting and that night the hunt ended.
As I leave that location I'm making my way back to the station. It's almost the end of the shift and I'm looking forward to sleeping in. As I'm going down the street I see a truck dart into a lane almost striking another vehicle. I follow the truck for a minute to see how he's driving and he can't keep the vehicle straight. Granted it is very windy outside however I'm keeping my car steady and I'm using one hand on the wheel. I pull him over and walk up to him and he's fumbling for paperwork. His movements are slow and clumsy then when he speaks his speech is slurred. I can't smell any alcohol because of the wind but I suspect it. I get him out of the truck to do the sobriety tests. I always hated doing these in the bitter cold because any amateur law school reject can claim the weather was to blame for the poor performance. I arrest him and bring him to the intox station where he blows over twice the legal limit! Once I got him out of the wind then I could smell the brewery on his breath!
Friday, January 29, 2010
At the end of the shift people want to call and tattle on each other. I didn't have the patience to deal with it then. I'll get to it tomorrow. The question is did the burglary occur after the alarm or did his personal situation affect his performance.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Then a young illegal alien gets arrested again for shoplifting. He begs and cries not to be taken to jail. At the jail he slips a cuff and manages to find a design flaw that allows him to simply open the door and run! He was recaptured by a K9 soon afterward. I looked at the car later and managed to open the door from the back seat! That needs to be fixed. We can't have people open the back doors and walk away!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
They say there is no fool like an old fool. A sex offender marries a woman 22 years younger than him. A sex offender and a young woman who probably has has several emotional issues (if not a whole subscription). Needless to say had I known about this marriage I'd have taken bets on how long it would last. Anyhow, details are sketchy but they got into an argument. She was leaving him. She retrieved a gun and fired a shot. Apparently he was begging her not to leave and tried the old "you leave and I'll shoot myself" ploy. She handed him the gun and told him to go ahead. Calling what she thought was a bluff perhaps? Well, he takes the gun and shoots himself in the head! Damn! I wonder if she can be charged with assisting in suicide?
Friday, January 22, 2010
We originally get the call about firearms being discharged. We go out to a wooded area of a neighborhood and hear several explosions. We drive down the road asking neighbors until we find the house it is coming from. We knock on the door and the father answers. He admits his son and their friends are setting off the dry ice bombs. To be honest we were hoping it was fireworks and we would have left it alone. However since they said the magic word 'bomb' we have to do our jobs. We start asking for identifications for the initial report. The father and his son are in disbelief. They cannot believe we'd have the nerve to question them regarding their 'harmless fun.' The son starts questioning our authority to ask for their names. We politely tell him he can give us his name right there, or we'll put him in the patrol car in handcuffs and he can give it to us there, his choice. As we're gathering information I call the bomb squad and tell them what we have. They arrive within the hour. During the time we made small talk with the son and the mother. The father was off in another room sulking. At this point we had their cooperation and they gave us permission to enter the residence to check out the set up. I was halfway expecting the father to come into the room at any moment and revoke his invitation and demand we leave. Had that happened we would've left however we would have brought everyone in that house outside and kept them there while someone went and got a search warrant. That would make everyone miserable having to wait outside. Fortunately it never happened. When the bomb squad arrived he asked what the attitude of the family was like. I told him the family was cool at this point and we had no problems. This probably made the determination of the bomb squad to gather the evidence, put a scare into the kids and parents and leave it at that rather than arrest everyone for felony setting off explosive devices. As the parents of the other kids were being called I decided I'd done enough and got the hell out of there.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Then there are cases that should be filed but the assistant DA refuses. Now I've often wondered had they gotten lazy? Are they just out of law school and clueless? Or is there some directive at the DA's office discouraging the filing of hard cases unless the media is involved? In this scenario a woman is stopped at an intersection and there is a bum with a squeegee. He wipes her windshield without being asked to and tries to get money out of the woman. She refuses to hand over any money so the bum reaches in and tries to forcibly remove the woman from the vehicle! Now, this could constitute robbery since he is trying to take her money without her consent and using force. She gets him to release her and he takes a bottle and smashes her window. She drives off and finds an officer who comes back and catches the bum. The bum was screaming the whole time and trying to kick out the window of the patrol car. This is the guy who needed to be dragged out of the car and planted face first into the concrete then break out the hobble restraint! The DA would only take criminal mischief for the woman's window. As for him trying to pull a woman out of her car, they don't want to bother with that! Good to know that some in the DA's office can look past the fact that a woman was attacked on the street and prosecute a property crime!