(Hamilton County, OH - 3:55 PM Hit and Run Call) Sheriff's Office - Corporal Pete Enderle says it's satisfying to help someone with a particular problem. They thank you, it's genuine from the heart and makes it all worth while. That's why you do it - for the thanks, not for the glory. He knows the black male driver Lawrence, has dealt with him before and drives by his house. He spots the car, gets out and sees the suspect run inside. He runs out the back, Pete chases him and gets tasered. Lawrence has Coolio hair and asks what did he do. It's because he hit someone on Niagara and is mirandized. He jumped out the window because he saw all the cops and doesn't have time for all this. He says a kid ran right into his car, thought he was OK and left because they said they were going to mess him up. It turns out he didn't have a license or a cell phone and didn't know if the police were coming. He didn't think anything was wrong and he really needed a cigarette, that's why he climbed out the window, but would've come back. He would've only gotten a ticket if he stuck around, now he gets resisting and driving while suspended. Even worse is he wasn't at fault for the accident, but he's still going to jail. Fresno, CA (9:01 PM Suspicious Activity) Southwest Policing District CST - Officer Paul Cervantes says they are doubled up working with the suppression team on the hotel area looking for prostitutes and drugs. His partner Officer David Miramontes spots a car with a prostitute and they pull them over. Charlene is really a he. Arthur the driver says he saw the woman on the bridge, picked her up and gave her a ride to her sisters'. Charlene is a manly Mexican guy with heavy makeup. Arthur insists he didn't ask for sex, but thought he could've been a prostitute. They arrest Charlene and the driver says he has a joint in the car. They find a tub with pot, a pipe and rolling papers. Sgt. Mike Doyle backs them up. Charlene has a steak knife in his purse. Recently someone was killed when they thought they picked up a woman and it was man so David asks Arthur if he would've gotten unhappy if he learned it was a guy. He says no. David says not to come back and hopes he learned his lesson. Pierce Co, WA (10:35 PM Traffic Stop) Officer Mike Phipps has been working Lakewood Graveyard for 5 couple years. Officer Matt Brown has worked every shift and graveyard is the best - good fun, camaraderie, partnership and lots of joking. Mike spots a motorcycle speeding he stops him a parking lot and when they get out he takes off. He blows a stop light at 100th and then hits a truck that pulling out of a 7-11. The bike skids down the street in a sea of sparks and he is thrown. The truck's front bumper is ripped off, the fender and smashed and the tire is destroyed. Officer Monti Minion and Officer Andrew O'Neill back them up. The biker isn't breathing, but EMS arrives and is able to revive him. The motorcycle is wrecked from the 100mph crash, his helmet is cracked in half and he skidded and wrapped his leg around himself. Officer Jason Smith says he has three traffic warrants and the hospital is only 5 blocks away.
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