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A tale of how three teens got better of Culpeper speed trap

Date published: 2/2/2013


The officer went in to talk to the person who had called in the complaint and found, to his dismay, that the old boy causing trouble had just left. When the officer went outside, he discovered that his cruiser, which he had left running, was missing. Someone had stolen it.

The officer went back into the building and called dispatch and an alert went out for the two other officers on duty to be on the lookout.

Well, they finally found the car about 45 minutes later with the old boy who was the subject of the initial report behind the wheel.

When they asked him why he stole the car the man, still three sheets to the wind, replied, "Well, it was sitting there running with the heater on and I was outside in the snow with no coat. I needed a warm place to stay and I figured that cop's car was as good as any."

The old boy got a warm place to stay for several days: jail.

Finally, there's the story (also heard at the lunch counter) of a guy years ago who got into it with a friend at a dance. The friend pulled a knife and, in the heat of the moment, (there was, of course, a woman involved) cut the guy.

They took him to the doctor, who saw the wound and called police. A deputy arrived and asked the guy what happened. Not wanting to rat on his friend, he had to make up a story fast, so he told the officer, "I was ice skating and cut myself on a skate blade. You know, those things are sharp."

"Ice skating?" the deputy asked. "This is the middle of May."

Again the wounded man had to think fast.

"Oh, the pond was on the north side of the farm," he finally replied.

No charges were ever filed.

Donnie Johnston:
Email: djohnston@freelancestar.com

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