Monday, August 28, 2006

Bad boys, bad boys, whatchya gonna do?

I felt like I was in an episode of Cops this weekend. For some reason, when they have Cops in Texas, they only show the dirtiest, grubbiest, toothless people they can find....and our experience was no different.

Sweet Hubby and I had planned a nice relaxing morning on Saturday since my folks had the kids Friday night. That was interrupted at 8:20am when the neighbor came to ask about the tree limb (from her tree) that had fallen in our yard. *sigh* That's fine, I needed to get up and eat soon anyway. So we get dressed and head out to the van. When we walked out of the garage, we saw two trucks parked kinda funny at the corner (we live in the middle of three houses on our block, so they were just one house over). Sweet Hubby wondered aloud if they had had a wreck and then he got in the van. I stood and stared (I'm not sure why) for a second and then someone started hollering and screaming. I got in the van and we pulled out and started driving by. Sweet Hubby yells, "They're fighting!"

I thought he meant the two guys were grown women were in the middle of the road POUNDING on each other. I got out my cell phone to call the police and Sweet Hubby pulled on to the street they were on. I got out just long enough to yell "We're calling the cops!" so they wouldn't kill each other right then and there. I talked to dispatch for a minute and finally one of the couples drove off. The other couple stayed and were hollering at us. Sweet Hubby kept the window cracked just enough to hear what they were saying. They were obviously very drunk. At. 9am. in. the. morning. We wanted to keep them there till the cops showed up. They kept yelling at us to go follow the other, yeah....not my job. He was steadily pulling stuff (empty beer cans and such) out the cab of his truck and throwing them in the bed. Sweet Hubby thinks he wanted us to go follow the other people so he could throw it all away without us seeing. Finally the guy pulls a KNIFE out of his truck. I start yelling at dispatch, "He's got a knife, he's got a knife!" Thankfully, Sweet Hubby had the car in drive the whole time and we could've quickly driven off at any point. But he never approached us with it.

Just then the cops show up. *huge.sigh.of.relief* We pull off to our neighbor's driveway and hang out just in case the police want to talk to us. We watched as they pulled out another knife, more open cans and bottles of alcohol (including a large bottle of whiskey that was half empty) and what, from a distance, looked like some kind of crack pipe...but that could've been my adrenaline-drunk imagination. Finally, the female cop comes to talk to us. During our conversation with her, dispatch came over the radio and said that the guy's license expired in April of '05 and he had no insurance. The cop said they were going to take both of them in. We have no idea what ever happened to the other couple and why they decided to have a Smackdown in the middle of the road to begin with.

So AFTER all this, we heard a bit more gossip about the winners that we encountered. The guy has been in jail and prison several times and has had his license suspended before for DWI. Apparently, the woman was about 30 years his junior and had recently taken to prostituting around town. Nice. I thought she was much older than she is. Must be all the lovely habits she's taken to over the last few years.

So, I hope that some good can come of this nasty situation. I hope that because we were in the "right" place at the "right" time to break this up and get these drunkards put away for a little while that we were able to save them (or some other innocent person, for that matter) from themselves.

It's so weird and kinda scary that this all happened just 20 yards or so from our front door. Where can you go these days?


Adventures In Babywearing said...

Holy Cow! What drama!! I've called the cops before when a couple cars blocked our street & people were fighting... but haven't seen anything in person like you did!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

Wow. Fun times. :) Gotta love it.

beth said...

Oh my goodness! I've never seen anything like that. I'm glad you guys were ok and were able to help.

ksl said...

Crazy! If you lived by me.....

It might still happen, but at least we would be close if you needed help. :)

LaughterThoughts said...

crazy!! i'm sure if you hadn't been there and called the police, they wouldn't have stopped as soon as they did... someone would almost definitely have been hurt.

last summer when we were visiting family, some guy (unlicensed and illegal!) drove a motorcycle (that he was, uh, "test driving") into the front wall of my parents' house-- full speed. there was literally a bloody man at their doorstep. i was trying to keep the kids from the doors and windows to spare their little eyes; hubby called the police and "chased" down the dude who was (somehow still alive and) running, well more stumbling, away from the house to get away. oh and this summer on vacation to my parents'? we had JUST had the hope-we-don't-have-any-more-motorcycle-excitement-this-summer conversation, and that afternoon hubby witnessed a high-speed (90-100 mph) motorcycle race down an extremely busy street during rush hour... and then he witnessed the gruesome aftermath of that road race-- one dead, mangled motorcyclist and one very critically injured (innoncent) woman in her car (jaws of life, head injuries, broken bones)... and he also happened upon the other motorcyclist who fled the scene. he rolled down his window, said you'd better get back there, and called the police. i don't know, but hopefully that will be the end of crazy motorcycle stories for us to tell of our family vacations!