While Murphy was working the midnight shift with his old friend Frank, a call of a robbery in progress was dispatched.  Being too far away to make an impact, Frank and Murphy slowly headed toward the scene, observing vehicles traveling the opposite direction.

Visually checking all cars driving by, they were trying to get a look at the possible offender leaving the scene.  A second call was soon broadcast: “Officers were now pursuing the fleeing robbery offender.” The chase took the main streets until the armed felon jumped on the expressway attempting to elude the police procession.

Frank and Murph were the furthest from the chase but, they continued out of boredom.

Traveling north on the expressway and eventually finding themselves northbound on I-90, Frank and Murphy were starting to outrun their radio capabilities.  The last thing they heard was the dispatcher calling all non-essential cars off the chase.

Frank and Murphy looked at each other and said, “I didn’t hear that, did you?”


Proceeding along at about ninety miles per hour – the fastest their car would go – they found themselves just over the Wisconsin border following hand signs from local deputies and sheriffs signaling the way.

They pulled up on the outskirts of a corn field just as Chicago police officers were walking a handcuffed suspect back to their squad car.  The weapon was recovered as well as the robbery proceeds.  A wagon was called to transport the prisoner.  Great job by the Chicago Police … almost.


During the chase through the toll gates, the Chicago cars had broken every one of the wooden toll arms except one.

A Chicago sergeant was standing at the toll booths discussing the damages with a tollway supervisor when the responding wagon approached.  Scooting by at about fifty miles per hour, the wagon veered from the inner lane to the far outer lane and took out the last toll gate left intact.

The sergeant just shook his head and completed the report needed to pay for the damages.

You just can’t take the kid out of the cop.


“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.


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