Since we don’t get the media reports from Boise PD anymore, we can’t tell you if this little story got reported to the rest of the media or not. However, based on our reader report, we think it was true and worth sharing. Now if we can just get the video!
“True Story! Witnessed today at KJ’s Phillips 66 at Fairview & Cloverdale. A
Boise police cruiser was at the pumps filling up with gas. He was just
sitting there inside his car when he got a call on his radio. Being the
prompt and responsible officer that he was in fulfilling his lawful duties,
he promptly slammed his door shut and with lights flashing drove away from the
pump with the nozzle and hose still hanging out his gas tank! Tore it right
off the pump! You had to be there to believe it…”
It would be interesting to have heard what his fellow officers said as he pulled up on whatever scene it was that warranted such a dramatic departure dragging a gas station nozzle minus 10 feet of hose.
No word on whether the conscientious copper was an overeager rookie or an absent minded oldtimer, but he certainly qualifies for a GUARDIAN “DOPE COPPER AWARD”–like our dope reporter awards.
UPDATE MONDAY–The clerk reports the copper later returned with the nozzle and sheepishly presented it to her. She also said “all the media” stopped by in an effort to get the video, but only management had access.
UPDATE 9/8/10–We have confirmed from sources within BPD the car was indeed a BPD unit. We also confirmed BPD cars can and do fuel at the Kicks 66 station in question. All the reader comments questioning the identity of the department, fuel policy were in error. The reader who offered the post and GUARDIAN account is correct. We will not reveal the officer’s name since there was little or no damage–the nozzle is designed to disconnect and stop the fuel flow. He did get excited and forget to do what was needed and it is a good lesson he will remember forever. No harm, no foul and our integrity remains intact at the GUARDIAN.
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