About 10PM last night, I heard someone open my storm door and try to open the front door. The door was locked, so they knocked on the door. I live in an out of the way place, so someone knocking on my door at this time of night is unusual. I grabbed my shotgun, opened the door a little, shotgun ready, and theres a male standing on my porch. I ask him what he wants, and he tells me he crashed his car into my ditch down the road and wants me to come help him pull it out. I tell him he's on private property and private roads and has no business here and that he needs to go back to his vehicle and call a tow truck. He finally walks away, staggering drunk. I close the door and call dispatch to send some guys my way.
I turned the front porch light off, slung my shotgun and go out on the porch to make sure they guy isn't snooping around while I'm waiting for deputies to get there. Deputies get lost and I finally guide them in to the wrecked vehicle down the road. About that time, I see the suspect walking across my field toward his vehicle, until he sees the deputies are there, and turns around to walk away. At that point he saw me and approached me, asking if he can use my phone. I tell him no and tell him to go to his vehicle. He argues with me for a minute, moving toward me. I start giving him commands to back off and go back to his vehicle, shotgun definitely on him at this point. He turns around and starts to head out in the opposite direction from his vehicle. I keep my light on him, at the same time trying to get ahold of one of the guys to get over there. Finally get a state cop over there, but by this time the suspect has made it behind my property toward an old run down, overgrown house and barn behind me. State cop knows who I am, tells me the deputies are busy at the wreck and that there was a female and newborn baby in the vehicle. Female was drunk as well and there was alcohol in the vehicle. He's the only state cop for the southern half of the county and says he'd like to have backup before going after this guy, but he has no backup. I hold him, "let's go." We spent the next hour searching around the brush, old vehicles and barn. Couldn't locate the guy. Female was arrested on outstanding warrants and concealing ID. Dude got away, but we know who he is. He's wanted on felony warrants himself and is a career criminal. He looked familiar to me, but I couldn't place him. Now I know.
Not much sleep for me last night, but such is life. Now just gotta find this idiot and get him back in jail where he belongs.
Stay safe out there, guys.