WHAT IT IS
Patrolman Ned Doucet had been involved in many high speed pursuits in his career but this one was the strangest of them all. As he edged closer to Wagner and Lehman he could clearly see both men wearing black velvet hoods, not unlike those of the Ku Klux Klan, only black, only velvet.
The driver was all over the road, kicking up dust and gravel, veering from side to side while the other hooded guy was perched out of the sun roof, leaning forward over the front windshield, grabbing teddy bears clinging to the front windshield.
Doucet watched in fascination as teddy bears were tossed in all directions from the erratic moving vehicle. With all this action ahead, the Mercedes slowed down somewhat, allowing Doucet to pull up beside it, but a myriad of teddy bears thrown Doucet’s way covered his windshield causing him to lose control, striking a wood fence along the side of the road.
WHAT IT IS NOT
Mutt Jefferson was doing a long haul from New York state to the Florida Keys. He was anxious to hit Beaver County on the way back to see the progress being made by Cricket and Sapphire. Before seeing the pair, Mutt had a quick stop to make at Will Offley’s farm to bring Beatrice some key limes so she could make her prized lime pie which would be sold at next week’s county fair.
Will gave Mutt precise instructions to drive his rig slowly past their house to the second driveway where Will would meet Mutt and take the three boxes of limes. Beatrice would know nothing of this as Will intended to surprise her with the prized limes. It all seemed a bit cloak and dagger to Mutt, but anything for a friend.
After the delivery was complete, Mutt was back on the road but had only gone a few miles when he spotted a patrol car off the road, entangled in a fence with several dusty, disoriented teddy bears sitting on the roof.