|Deserves a Thank You|
◆ The scene: Spotting a man exchange something with neighborhood kids in an alley behind his ward office a few weeks ago, O’Shea jumped in his black SUV, called 911 and tailed the suspect’s car.
◆ The script: Witnessing two “exchanges” with kids in the next few minutes, O’Shea told Sneed, “I figured if I didn’t physically stop him now, this guy’s going to get away.”
So he turned on his brights, put his car in drive and bore down on the rear bumper of the guy’s car, a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
“I jarred him pretty good from behind . . . his front bumper was against a wall . . . I had him pinned,” O’Shea tells Sneed.
“If you weren’t particularly bright, like I was hoping the guy wasn’t, you’d probably think I was a cop,” said O’Shea, who got out of his car when the man exited the vehicle. “I said ‘Get back in the f - - - - - - car!’ as sternly as I could . .. and he did. And the cavalary arrived moments later.”
◆ The buckshot: The driver, Vernell Heard, 26, was arrested, along with his passenger, Jordan Landry, 21, on June 27. Both were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance . “They had pills on them, some sort of painkiller . . . and there was a baby in the car,” O’Shea tells Sneed.
◆ The afterthought: “It was like . . . the adrenaline gets going, you’re trying to protect the neighborhood — and trying to keep in mind, ‘Hey, you’ve got a wife and three young kids and you’ve got to go home tonight, chief.’ ”
◆ O’Shea’s wife’s response: “She was not happy. I think the exact words were, “What the hell were you thinking?’ ”
◆ The flipside: “My kids thought it was great.”