What Not to Give Your Valentine

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Your one phone call — I was on my way to pick up Anne, after school. She was at ECC (Early Childhood Center) also-known-as the home of Egregious Child Crud. I was sitting southbound on Laclede Station Road, at Manchester. At this long light, I was first in line and had plenty of time to observe the lengthening northbound line that was primarily populated by departing parents, who had just picked up their little darlings, from the afore-mentioned ECC. A car pulled up in the otherwise empty, opposite left turn lane, The driver waited for a break in traffic on Manchester and then turned right on red, from the left turn lane. I watched this agape, while continuing to sit at the red light. I’m sure that the parents in the opposite lane were similarly gob smacked, all except for the third car in line. The cop sitting there, flipped on his lights and siren and gave chase. It wasn’t a very long chase, because there was no way that the driver was going to cruise through the adjoining Big Bend intersection at that time of day. This thought must have occurred to the driver when he first heard the siren and first saw the lights in his rear view mirror, as he was breezing past the neighboring police station. I’m sure that the driver had plenty of time to contemplate how much time and money that illegal turn did not save him in the end. 

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