Frank Loring, Eddie Beekman, and Wyatt Beekman robbed the Citrus Trust of $500,000 three years before and plan to flee the country with the money when the statute of limitations expires. When Eddie hits a little girl with Loring's car, Dan Mathews and Officer Garvey investigate and are surprised when John Weber (the girl's father) declines to press charges. Dan quickly deduces that Weber must have received a generous payoff. Dan learns that Eddie had been a suspect in the Citrus Trust robbery and he also learns that Eddie's girlfriend Barbara Franklin plans to leave the country with Wyatt Beekman within days. District Attorney Jason Tyler advises Dan that the statute of limitations on the Citrus Trust robbery will expire at midnight, so Dan and Officer Garvey act quickly to set a trap for the three by "inadvertently" disclosing Barbara's infidelity to Eddie. The quick-tempered Eddie Beekman reacts just as Dan had hoped. Written by
This is the only "Highway Patrol" episode in which Dan Mathews is actually referred to as "Chief" by one of his subordinates. The character was familiarly referred to as "Chief" Dan Mathews by fans of the series, but he was never given an official title on the show. Different Highway Patrol and State Police agencies have different organizational structures and the production company (ZIV Television Programs, Inc.) attempted to avoid any references that would make it appear that any particular structure was being favored. When necessary, the show's narration referred to Dan's function as "the head of the Highway Patrol", and the nameplate on his desk simply read "Dan Mathews". See more »
In the opening narration, Officer Garvey is referred to as "Officer Dillon". See more »
Chief Dan Mathews:
I was with him when he died. All he could give me was a description. 5'11", 173 pounds, brown hair, and about 30 years old.
But Chief, there's a million guys that could fit that.
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