Strangers in the Night

We were awakened about 3:45 am this morning by the sound of a loud metal-on-metal crash, immediately followed by a car horn – or alarm – droning and screeching tires. A look out the window through the trees showed us the blue and red lights of a police car, then a second one on it’s heels, charging into the driveway of the house below our property. That driveway is at the end of a short dead-end. We overlook – through the trees – that house from our bedroom, kitchen and deck.

By the time we got to a better vantage, there were three cars with lights, spotlights scanning the hillside, and officers, one with a dog, going through the small woods separating our homes, about 50 yards down the hill. They were calling out “Come out, we have a dog!” and using flashlights to search the area. Eventually they came up the hill, along the neighbor’s side yard, then around the front of our house and back down our upper side yard and into our back yard.  We had turned on our outside floods and deck light as soon as it became apparent they were searching for a fugitive, but stayed inside to watch.

They didn’t find their man (or woman), as far as we could tell, and after a couple of hours a tow truck showed up and a vehicle was towed off.

We surmise there was a chase and the driver went up that road expecting it to connect through, then found the dead end and parked car there too late to stop. Must have jumped out and ran. Nothing on the news this morning about it, so our curiosity remains unsatisfied, but this kind of thing is unsettling.

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7 Responses to Strangers in the Night

  1. Carl V. says:

    Wow, excitement! Glad the person didn’t try to get into your house or anything. Mostly likely some very stupid thief or speeder as opposed to a hardened criminal. Still, not too fun. Glad also that he/she chose a different house than yours to end up stopping at.

    We were driving along the interstate in KC once and came to a complete stop because of traffic. There was a police chopper overhead and we were watching it when suddenly some young kid came running across the interstate, stumbled past the hood of our car, and tore up the embankment followed quickly by police. I have always regretted not seeing him sooner so I could’ve tapped the gas and cut off his route through at the last second. Would have been fun! Ah well…

  2. Richard says:

    I added a visual. Imagine there is a steep drop down from right to left.

  3. That is unsettling. And you moved from southern California to get AWAY from that kind of stuff. Hopefully it’s just a freak incident that won’t happen in any kind of similar form again.

  4. Bill Crider says:

    It’s always something, as Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    We get our fair share of hovering helicopters (which would be a good name for a rock band) but rarely see the outcome. It’s not only Southern California where the cops use choppers to track criminals.

  6. Richard says:

    Choppers aren’t as useful here where there is a lot of forest and they can’t see through to ground level. We rarely see them, and none appeared last night.

  7. Definitely unsettling. Downright scary even. Hopefully the perp is long gone. Stay frosty my friend.

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