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ehbowen
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Last Activity: Today, 05:30 PM
Joined: 07-31-2018
Location: Houston, Texas
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  • ehbowen
    started a topic Computer assistance to ID suspects?

    Computer assistance to ID suspects?

    One of the plot points in my story concerns a RR SA who is the only person who has clearly seen...twice...two drug suspects. I want to set up a scenario where he identifies them from mugshots.

    I've never been LE, but it would seem that these days when everything is computerized that there...
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  • ehbowen
    replied to How to end a chase "on the hook"
    Well, to be perfectly honest, I've never watched an episode of "Law And Order." Not one. But, yeah, the pursuits which end with the bad guys escaping tend not to make it onto the ten o'clock news....
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  • I do understand, and that will come into play later in the story....
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  • ehbowen
    replied to How to end a chase "on the hook"
    Thanks. I think I've watched a few too many episodes of Cops.

    Of course, one may be too many.......
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  • What laws apply to peace officers where alcoholic beverages are sold?

    The following scenario is going to become the climactic confrontation of my Guardian Angel story. I know going into it that some laws and (especially) agency rules are going to be bent, spindled, folded and mutilated, so I'm not trying to craft a "believable" scenario this time. But it would...
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  • ehbowen
    started a topic How to end a chase "on the hook"

    How to end a chase "on the hook"

    In the story I'm working on, I'm writing in a (short) high speed chase, slightly over half a mile. The suspects observe the patrol car beginning to follow them, run two red lights, swerve off the road onto a hike and bike trail, then ditch their vehicle in a residential area and escape on foot at about...
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  • Thanks. Actually, at this point in the story I just want to have the special agent have sufficient justification to call local LE and have the van followed; the driver and passenger will ditch it in a nearby residential area and escape on foot but drugs will be found in the van....
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  • In the story, the setup is that a railroad special agent is on foot at a crossing (tending to other activities) when he observes the unsafe driving and the van skidding to a stop at the last second. He's relieved because he was afraid that he was about to have to call in an ambulance...or the coroner...as...
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  • Reckless operation of a motor vehicle?

    This question is actually for a fictional story I'm discussing in "Writer's Block", but as it is a general traffic question I wanted to put it here. Let's presume that a vehicle attempts to race a train to a crossing but, at the last second, thinks better of it, slams on the brakes, and stops...
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  • ehbowen
    replied to Guardian Angel
    If the suspect was seen by a peace officer approaching the site of the drug bust in another van at a suspicious hour, and then is seen to flee the area when he gets close enough to notice the police activity, and shortly (minutes) thereafter the van is found abandoned with incriminating material (drugs)...
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    Last edited by ehbowen; 10-13-2018, 03:57 PM.

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  • ehbowen
    replied to Guardian Angel
    Very, very good point. Here's where I am with the story so far. Please let me know whether, in your professional opinion, this would meet the threshold or if I have to find some other way to "sweeten the pot."
    • A felony drug suspect has been identified. I'm on the fence exactly as to how.
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  • ehbowen
    replied to Guardian Angel
    Where I'm going with the search:
    • It starts as a routine checking out of a lead a detective has identified. Rick (the lieutenant) comes along because he hasn't seen the plant in some years and wants to see how it has changed.
    • The personnel office is polite but unhelpful; they claim no knowledge of
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  • ehbowen
    replied to Guardian Angel
    How would this sound? As the plant manager is accompanying the officers through the facility and they get near the wing which is the "hot zone", he tries to tell them, "Nothing here. This whole area has been shut down." Rick asks him, "Oh? Then why do I see fresh trash in the...
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    Last edited by ehbowen; 10-10-2018, 05:26 PM. Reason: Add a couple of thoughts.

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  • ehbowen
    replied to Guardian Angel
    Rick, first of all thanks for the response. I'm ready to move on to my next topic, now, which is, "The niceties of search and consent." But to quickly answer your questions, yes, HPD is Houston. I'm trying to make the setting realistic. As far as the lieutenant who frequents topless clubs...well,...
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