Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while already know that I’ve had a few scrapes with the authorities in my life. I PROMISE all of you that the six Orange County Sheriffs that were in my house this weekend with guns drawn, were not there because of anything I’ve done…
At 2:30 AM there were three of them, by 3:00, there were at least 10, by sunrise there were at least twenty! Most in uniform, some with assault rifles, detectives, crime scene types, suits, and blood hound handlers (with blood hounds). I just know our neighbors were wondering what the heck was going on!
My wife had been babysitting for one of our daughters and got home at 2:15 am. There was a strange car sitting in our driveway. We called the Sheriff’s Department to have it towed. About the same time I noticed that there was a helicopter circling the area. I told my wife to ask the dispatcher if there was something going on. Apparently there was and the Sheriffs were looking for a car (and the people in it). Yep! It was the same car.
Plain clothes officers were looking for a bad guy who had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. They had a tip relating to where he might be. He and another person (wife maybe) did in fact show up. Apparently he didn’t want to go to jail; he resisted getting out of his car and the Sheriff Tased him. The idiot then floored his car and ran over the sheriff’s foot.
You know how law enforcement is when one of their guys is attacked, wounded, or hurt. So anyway, they came to our house to check out the car parked in our driveway. BINGO! The dispatcher called us back and told us to stay in the house while they looked around. They didn’t find anything. A couple more cars arrived and they started looking around the neighborhood. They were also knocking on doors and asking people if they were being held against their will. One of them told us they were waiting for a bloodhound to try and pick up a trail. About 20 minutes later there was a knock on the door. When I opened it, I was met by six cops with guns drawn. One of them asked me if we had searched our house. After I told him we hadn’t, he said that when the bloodhound picked up a scent at the car he pulled his handler directly to our front door. At a minimum, the bad guys tried the door.
Once the detectives had cleared the car, the bloodhound was allowed to go into it. When he got out, he started running down the street with his handler and about 10 cops in tow. The guys must have run down a stairway that leads to the street below us and called someone to pick them up. The cops were sure that is what happened, because the trail ended in the middle of the street.
All is well, that ends well! The guys were caught about 3 hours later…