Wyatt_earp Maybe you saw this brief over the weekend:

A man who escaped police custody Saturday night was soon at Einstein Hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car. The accident happened around 7 p.m. at Broad and Champlost streets in Philadelphia’s Fern Rock section. Police said the 20-year-old man jumped from a second-story window at the 35th police district. Then, he ran into the street and a car hit him.

The back-story is right out of "Hill Street Blues."

This is what Wyatt Earp, a Philly detective, wrote at Support Your Local Gunfighter:

Last night we had our squad Christmas party. Since we had to work the night shift, we had the party in the division squad room. Everyone brought some good food, and during dinner we gave our supervisors gifts. The after dinner entertainment was a "Head Shaving." One of the detectives in my squad was coming to terms with his male pattern baldness, and wondered aloud if he should shave it all off. Being despicable human beings, we all goaded him into it, but only if he would do it in front of us (and a room full of cops) at the party. he agreed.

The shaving went off without a hitch, and J.C. didn't look too bad with the chrome dome - rare for a white guy. We took pictures for his wife and laughed at his expense during the event, but immediately after, duty called. One of the officers who was witnessing the head shaving heard an "Assist Officer" call come over the radio. Another officer was yelling that a prisoner escaped custody . . . just outside our building. The officer was chasing the juvenile. Instantly, we grabbed our weapons and radios, and the room cleared.

The 17-year old punk asked to go to the bathroom, and when the officer took him, the kid punched the female officer and pushed her out of the way. The punk then jumped through an open window to freedom; or so he thought. What happened next was unbelievable.

Go to his blog to read the unflinching play-by-play.

Wyatt Earp
Posted 12/18/2006 01:44:06 PM

The only error in the first news brief is that the escapee did not jump from the second story window. He jumped through the front window of the 35th Police District HQ.

Wyatt Earp
Posted 12/18/2006 01:44:43 PM

Oh, and thanks for the mention, Dan!

daniel rubin
Posted 12/18/2006 02:07:34 PM

that report comes from nbc10. the daily news had the same "fact." like a giant game of telephone.

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Posted 12/19/2006 11:50:20 AM

So far, in the last two days, this little blog has received 430 hits, thanks primarily to Daniel Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer's top-notch blog, Blinq.

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