The other night, I was at a hit and run call when one of the officers got on the radio and said he was in foot pursuit of the suspect. I looked northbound and saw a shadow running down the street.
They were at least 100 yards away, so I jumped into my patrol car and floored the accelerator as the Dodge’s engine roared to life. My tires were making up the distance fast when I saw the shadow turn left toward a house.
The officer in foot pursuit broadcasted the suspect went into a backyard and he was jumping fences heading northbound. I drove to the end of the block and set up on the north end of the perimeter. Our helicopter arrived overhead and the suspect was caught a short time later.
After he was taken into custody. I drove over to where the suspect was so I could talk to him about the collision. I opened the door of the police car and noticed he wasn’t wearing a shirt. I wondered what happened because it was cold out.
After I was done with the interview I joked as I said, “You’re lucky the K9 didn’t get you.”
“I heard barking,” he replied.
“It wasn’t from our dog. He was cancelled.”
“I heard fake barking.”
“What do you mean fake barking?” I asked.
“I heard the cops fake barking.”
I gave him a puzzled look, but his face told me he really heard “fake barking.” After I closed the door I wondered who the K9 impersonator was. I walked over to where the other cops were and they told me the suspect had fallen into a pool. Now I knew why he wasn’t wearing a shirt.
I opened the door again and asked, “Did you fall in a pool?”
“I jumped a fence and fell in the water.”
It’s not every day when a hit and run suspect falls into a pool and hears the cops fake barking at him.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
By the way, I found out who the K9 impersonator was. That’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard a suspect say. Well played. Well played.