OK. I admit it. I am a cynic. No, make that a dyed-in-the-wool cynic. And I’m proud of it. Not that it should come as a shock or anything. I was a reporter for more than 20 years.
So imagine my surprise when I came across an article with the following headline: “Fugitive pens letter to law enforcement agencies a week after his capture.”
At first I thought the story might have been left over from April Fools’ Day and someone accidentally re-posted it. Then I thought it was a hoax. Then I actually read it.
Yep, it’s for real, alright. Seriously.
Here’s what happened. Apparently this guy in Texas wasn’t happy about getting pulled over by the police. So he decided to get out of the car and run… and with that, a routine traffic stop turned into a royal cluster-bleep.
The good news is that the good guys — and their dogs — did catch him. Eventually. From what I read, the chase lasted an hour before he was finally taken into custody.
“What I witnessed that night by all the law enforcement personnel was a level of professionalism and team work and respect that I’ve never seen before,” Gregory Wylie said in his letter, which FOX 12 News posted along with the story.
Wylie also admits that he ran because he was “not man enough to face the consequence of my action which led up to the point in my life.”
Well, I don’t know about you. But I, for one, applaud Wylie for having the courage to admit that. It takes guts to admit your shortcomings and it takes a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to apologize.
Still, I can’t help but question his motives. Was he really sorry for what he did? Or did he just want to score points with the judge?