Yep, you heard me right, our peaceful and fun family picnic was interrupted by crime.
We had just finished eating and were just hanging out in patio chairs and playing with the dogs. Sweet Pea wasn't feeling great and was lying down inside, Spencer and I were sitting in patio chairs, and Babydoll and Little Man were playing in the grass in front of us.
Once we were sure the coast was clear we came out of hiding with our kids. Sweet Pea by this point was outside with us, she had heard all the commotion and came out to investigate. We would have brought the kids inside but it all happened so fast!
We watched the officer who caught the guy give him a breathalizer test, and pull a bag of drugs out of his pocket, and after a while put him in the back of the car.
Say hello to the scumbag who was speeding like a maniac through a residential neighborhood! He's the one you can't really see in the back of that squad car!
See how relaxed we were at this point? Well, my heart was still pounding, but for the most part we were feeling pretty safe now. All the neighbors came out to investigate, including the nice older gentleman who lives next door to my aunt and uncle. That's him leaning on the garbage can. My uncle Paul is the one smiling and taking pictures on the left.
When the officer came over to us to get witness info from a couple of the guests, Babydoll took the opportunity to ask him some questions. "Did you catch the bad guy?" "Are you gonna take him to jail?" The officer told her that yes, he was going straight to jail." Babydoll also told everyone that jail is like when you have to go to timeout!
Apparently I have some ambulance chasers in the family, and they decided to go take a look at the perp's van!
That's the dent from when he hit the telephone pole. That's my uncle Dave, and his mother-in-law Maxine. She's about 4 ft 9in tall, and had to get out there and inspect the van, and from what I heard - kick the tires.
When it was all over, the speeding maniac was hauled off to jail, the white van was towed away, and the cops eventually pulled out of there.
And the kids were left with a story to tell, about how the cops caught the bad guy at Aunty Karen's house!