Grant Elliot accidentally hits Officer Len Dorsey when he panics during a routine traffic stop. Grant takes the injured officer to the hospital, but cannot explain why there were numerous auto parts in the back of his truck. He later learns that his father Charles has been stealing auto accessories and selling them to onetime petty thief Ralph Yates for quick cash. Charles asks Grant to deny the thefts, and implies that the boy should take responsibility for them if need be to protect the family. Dan Mathews does not believe Grant is guilty of the thefts, so he and Sergeant Betts launch a determined investigation to expose Charles as a pusillanimous felon who would ask his own son to take the blame for his crimes. Written by
A juvenile offender that caused serious injury to a police officer would not be turned loose. His parent would have been notified and would have been required to pick up the juvenile. See more »
Every traffic violator has his own personal excuse for breaking the law, but the Highway Patrol is trained to recognize the difference between excuses and reasons. Usually the reasons involve lack of judgment, carelessness. But on October ninth, Officer Len Dorsey spotted a driver exceeding the speed limit for another reason: fear motivated by guilt.
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A young man is stopped by a Highway Patrol officer for speeding. He doesn't give the cop a bunch of excuses but just acknowledges that he was speeding. The cop checks the trunk of the car and sees a lot of auto parts and asks the kid about them. The kid panics and intends to drive off but instead goes in reverse hitting the cop. He doesn't take off and Mathews later interviews him and the kid tells him the whole sad story. He isn't held for anything as hitting the cop (who recovered) is deemed an accident. Actually his not being held for anything seems unlikely but whatever. But Mathews becomes suspicious when he hears about the auto parts. The young man confronts his father who confesses to stealing and begs his son not to say anything because the cops can't really prove anything. The worse thing is not that the father stole, it's that he was more than willing to sacrifice his son. Sometimes the acorn unexpectedly does fall far from the tree.
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