Yesterday started off with a jolt.
I spend a lot of time in my take-home police vehicle, for which I am very thankful. The radio squawks all day long. I don’t typically need to use it, unless I am going to see someone I don’t know well. I then check in with the dispatchers notifying them of my location, so someone looks for me in case I don’t check back out.
Some of what you hear can be shocking. I frequently view this as an opportunity to pray.
Yesterday morning, the radio traffic was nothing less than life or death. A pursuit started not too long after 8 a.m. with a driver who doing 76 in a 45 mph zone and would not pull over. Soon he was clocked at 106 mph with several troopers trying to catch up.
He purposely rammed one trooper twice. The second time he rammed into the trooper, the driver lost control of his car, drove it into a tree. The car looks as if split in half on impact. The next thing I heard was a trooper saying that the car was engulfed in flames. The driver died, obviously. I’m not stating anything that hasn’t been on the news.
One minute I was praying for the safety of the troopers and the next, I was praying for the driver’s family. What has gotten into people? What on earth was so important that he drove 30 mph over the speed limit to begin with? What could the driver have done which was so terrible that he couldn’t just pull over to deal with it? Some warrants? A stolen car?
Now his body will have to be identified with dental records. I was shaken. I can’t imagine how was for the troopers who were there.
It started snowing at 2:30 and by 3:15, it wasn’t safe to drive. We don’t use snow tires here in southeastern Virginia. I drove home, did some paperwork and started dinner. I tried a new recipe for Genovese pasta I saw in the NY Times magazine on Sunday. It was fabulous. http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017238-pasta-alla-genovese
We walked in the snow after dinner. We bundled up with hats, scarves, gloves and boots and put Lulu into her little orange coat.
All the city sounds were mostly muffled, with most people wisely inside and not driving. It was so quiet that we could hear individual snowflakes hitting the snow already on the ground. Peace washed over me as I finally let go of the tension from the morning.
We headed down to the partially-frozen Scotts Creek. It is the prettiest spot in any season, with all kinds of wildlife; foxes, green herons, egrets, and Cooper’s Hawks. The Creek didn’t disappoint tonight. My pinkies were getting numb as we stamped our feet up the porch stairs and went inside.
My world is all peace tonight and another family’s world has fallen apart, as they surely must know by now that someone made a terrible decision. And I pray that the God of all comfort will sustain the troopers and the family members this driver left behind.