Thursday, July 17, 2008

Citizen's Arrest

The County Sheriff just left after interviewing Tristan and I. I did not know that a person could actually make a citizen's arrest. I could have made one tonight, but decided against it

After dinner this evening, Tristan, Cort and I walked down to the mail box together. We live on a narrow rural road, on a curved circle getting very little traffic. The mail boxes are grouped together on the curve just past our property and out of view of our house.

As we were heading back to our place, a car came speeding around the curve towards us, not slowing down at all as they passed us; I called out, 'hey slow down some'. Passing us and the mailboxes, the driver slammed on the brakes, slid the car in a 'donut' on the gravel and came barreling towards us at excessive speed, grabbing Cort by the collar and shoving Tristan, we had to dive towards the ditch. They dove-tailed around the curve and sped away from us.

Just as we were talking about how crazy they were, I heard the car speeding towards us again, same scenario but faster and closer to us, 3 young people laughing at us and deliberately threatening us. They repeated this a total of three spins, 6 passes by us at dangerous speeds and way too close. I was frightened and felt totally vulnerable.

The final run by, I told Tristan that we needed to try to read and remember the license number on the car. This time the car stopped next to us and we saw three freakish looking 'kids' laughing at us, taunting. Keeping calmer than I felt because I couldn't 'read' their intentions, I walked closer to the car and asked if they happened to be lost, the questioned surprised them. I was stepping back towards the rear of the car while talking to the driver, as the girl passengers kept laughing, I asked why he would drive that way with kids and animals on the road and he answered that they 'were out to have a little fun'. I was then able to read the license number out loud to Tristan, the driver cussed and gunned out and away even faster than before.

The number was simple to recall, it was my given name initials followed by 3 easy to remember numbers. We hoofed it home, wrote down descriptions we could remember and then I had Jerry call the sheriff, I was still very upset.

We went out and brushed horses and shoveled manure (a great stress reliever) until the sheriff showed up. They had used the number to track the car owner's house, the partner was still there questioning the driver. He is 17, was driving his parent's car and lives a short distance from here. The officer said that the parents were absolutely LIVID, and the kid was admitting to speeding other times too. They had no idea he was going out on joy rides. He had admitted to what I had originally reported to dispatch, but tried to make it sound better, like, they had just turned around to come back to ask me what I had called out to them. I asked the sheriff if he wanted to go down to the corner to see all the spin out tracks, he declined. :-)

He asked if I wanted to make a Citizen's Arrest, he had all the paper work and they could take the kid to jail and he'd go to 'jouvie'. I asked a lot of questions, it sounded like the kid's parents were going to definitely handle the problem, the kid was scared, and the kid wasn't lying about being involved. He had no previous complaints or record (yes I asked all this stuff). So I decided not to press charges, and I promised I would call first time we saw the kid driving on this road again.

Jerry, being Jerry, told the Sheriff that if someone had charged him with a car that way, he'd have stood in the middle of the road with his rifle and shot him. The Officer answer, "No kidding, me too!" I am standing there thinking, OK fellas, how many of us walk to the mailbox carrying rifles?

It disturbs me to continue to feel this shaken. I pray that those young adults realize how dangerous and foolish their 'having a good time' was. I hope that the parents of all involved, do some good, effective 'parenting' tonight.

10 comments:

Courtney said...

Wow, I'm sorry not only you, but also Tristan had to go through this. How smart of you to make small talk to get the license plate number.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

You're one smart cookie (but I'll bet you were shakin' in those cowgirl boots). I'd have passed on the "arrest" too ... this time anyway. Nice to have you back. : )

Courtney said...

Hey, I set my blog to private and don't have your e-mail address to invite you. If you get it to me I will add you.

Jenn said...

Two words...stop strips. You can order them online through law enforcement sites. They are the strips of spikes cops throw into the road to pop the tires of fleeing criminals.

How very scary. What awful, irresponsible kids (and quick, calm thinking by you!). I'd have to severely ground mine for YEARS if I ever heard about her pulling such awful stunts.

lov mom said...

Smart guick thinking and how claim you remained, on outside [did you go home and change you pants] SO SCARY

So glad both you and Tristan Didn't get hit. All those kids need to have drivers licences taken away for year at least and ground also for year.I hope the parents real do punish them real good.
Take care. Hugs and kisses to all.

Coffee Bean said...

Oh my gosh Kathy! I would have gotten the license plate number but I wouldn't have let them know I got it!!! I'm glad y'all got it worked out but... maybe you should carry a rifle when you go to the mailbox!

Karen Deborah said...

That is stinkin scary, how awful. What ever happened to the days you could pinch a kids ear off. You were cool as a cucumber. I bet your Grandson thinks your awesome.I have only three words for this, "Cort sick em."

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

What an incredibly frightening situation. You're very fortunate nothing worse happened.

Whenever I hear the phrase "citizen's arrest," I immediately think of the Andy Griffith episode where Gomer says it over and over again. I don't remember anything else about that episode other than his southern twang and those two words.

Kathy said...

I love all of your comments!
I don't even carry pepper spray, I am afraid that I'd fire it in my own face in an emergency. So no gun carrying by me!
I was disappointed that the parents didn't march that youngster over to our house and demand he apologize to our faces....
Thanks for reading when I haven't been too consistent in writing!

JANET said...

I KNOW WHY YOU WERE SO SHAKEN, BECAUSE TRISTAN WAS WITH YOU----FIRST THOUGHT WAS TO BE SURE NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM---NEXT TIME IF YOU ARE ALONE---FORGET THE SPRAY (ON A CAR?) AND YOU WON'T CARRY A GUN---SO KEEP YOUR EYES TO THE GROUND UNTIL YOU SEE THE BIGGEST ROCK THAT WILL FIT INTO YOUR HAND AND TAKE OUT A FEW WINDOWS AND THEN RUN LIKE HELL---I DID THAT TO MY EX ONE TIME--HE WASN'T IN A CAR--BUT HIS CHIN WAS THE CLOSEST THING TO ME HAHA---AFTER THAT DAY THE GUYS THAT HE WORKED WITH CALLED HIM TOM CHIN---HE NEVER TOUCHED ME AGAIN HAHA--I BET THE PARENTS WOULD HAVE SHOWED UP AFTER YOU BROKE AT LEAST ONE WINDOW--BE SURE HE IS DRIVING OUT THE ROAD AND NOT THE SAME WAY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE--KEEP SAFE WILL YA!