Ok guys and gals hope everyone had a great Christmas their is one fellow who was in my home town that didn't. I know I tell a lot of stories but this one is not a joke it really happened.
Alright this is the way it starts. I get home from Searcy Arkansas about 12 noon I get Wasi (Cherokee for cat lol) my Christmas cat out and settled in her new home. I am unloading the car and putting things away. Slap on a wife beater shirt as my son calls them, a pair of baggy jogging shorts (it was 65degrees) and tennies. I am stand next to my chest freezer when the scanner goes off and I hear one of the officers Delbert call for help. He called the Chief of police Jackie and said "I have a runner blue shirt and jeans he is headed up Olympia street." Oh shit that street runs parallelto my trailer. So I look out side and see nothing.
The Chief calls back to Delbert......ok I have to explain something here without making fun of anyone Delbert is a big big big BIG boy he may shoot you but he can not chase you that's why the ole boy took off running. Alright back on track Jackie asked Delbert where he was and Delbert replied he was a half of a block from the school Oh shit I am a block from the from the school so I walk outside to take a look. As I stepped out of my door I saw a gentleman come down my alley I asked him what he was doing he said look for the boy that ran on Delbert. I turned and looked and right behind the white house across the road I caught a glimpse of a guy running in a blue shirt I yelled "There he goes" and took off running after him. The other guy was right behind me. We start to cross the road when Jackie drives by, I yell at him that the boy is cutting across the cotton field he does a u turn and heads to the road that leads to the cotton field well me and this ole boy behind me jump the neighbors fence and we are gaining ground the the guy.
All of a sudden I see this read shirt pass me, he yells as he passes "does he have any weapons on him?" I reply I don't know Delbert didn't say. The guy in the red shirt stops, the fellow in the blue shirt stops running and starts walking cause he is out breath. We all catch our breath and take back up running after him by this time we have two more neighbor follow in on the chase through the cotton field. Mike the guy in the red shirt ask one of the new chasers if the runner was carrying any weapons and they told him no. Damn he took off running like I have never seen before and almost had him tackled when the guy in the blue shirt jumped a fence row and climbed up a 40 foot tree.
Now this was a sight to see, there were seven police officers and five citizens surrounding this tree trying to get this ole boy down. He would yell down "I am not going to jail on Christmas." They took pictures I hope they make the paper. The Chief from Leachville came over to help he said "I heard on the radio we have a Opossum in a tree but I didn't know what the hell they were talking about." We stood there for about twenty minutes trying to talk the boy down. They told him they were going to taze him but none of the officers wanted to climb the tree. One of the guy told Jackie the Chief he just live on the other side of the field he would go and get his chainsaw and we could cut him down.
Finely he told the Chief if they would bring his three year old out there so he could hug her and tell her he loved her he would come down. I would not have done it for him because I don't think his daughter needed to see her dad in top of a tree surround by police. When she got there he climbed down and they cuffed him and took him off. What a crazy day that was. I was glad to see the citizen that got involved to help one of them told him when he was up in the tree "Next time you come to Manila respect the law cause this is our town. You didn't think you would have to out run the whole neighborhood did you."........