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The Smell of Victory

A Salt Lake County, Utah, sheriff’s deputy had just gotten home after his shift, and was sitting in front of his Centerville house talking to another deputy on the phone when he spotted someone trying to get into his wife’s car. There had been a rash of vehicle burglaries in the area, and Dep. Chad Taylor figured he had the suspect right there. “I was in my personal vehicle, but I was in uniform,” Taylor said. His wife’s car was locked, and the man moved on to his car. “Right as his hand goes to check my handle, I kick the door open,” Taylor said, and identified himself as a police officer. The prowler was so startled that he ran out of his shoes, with Taylor in hot pursuit and backup on the way. Once officers caught up with the suspect, a 16-year-old boy, “He told us, ‘Yeah, I crapped my pants’” when Taylor surprised him. But the suspect didn’t need to admit it: “You could smell him,” Taylor said. The boy and a 16-year-old accomplice were charged with vehicle burglary and theft. (RC/Deseret News) ...If a 16-year-old kid can’t outrun a cop, he just might be weighed down by his pants.
Publication Date: 10 May 2009
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 15.

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