Funny, Funny Stories From my days at Eden, P.D.
By Michael D. Martin, E.C.P.D. Retired
About the author...Michael Martin (pictured front row, far right in the 1981 photo) is a retired veteran of 25 years on the Eden City Police Department, and has penned a number of anecdotal writings recalling his experiences.
XLVIII. Neil LewisI never had the pleasure of working with Neil Lewis, I came along just after he left Law Enforcement, but from tales from the guys who worked with him, I understood he was a tough cop. A really tough cop who had to fit the times. This story was told to me at various times by Marshall Clark, Posey Meadows and Fat Vestal.
The Things that happened were back in the late fifties, before the Miranda decision in '64 and before computers and even small towns did not have teletypes. All local law enforcement had was the telephone, and an officer had to know who to call for the information he wanted. Things that an Eden City Police Officer can get in three seconds now, sometimes took days. I remember that when I came to work in 1966, our dispatcher had a big book of license plates issued in North Carolina and when we wanted a (10-28) License identification, the dispatcher had to look it up in the book.
The Leaksville Police Department officers observed a strange car and stopped it. The car had out of state plates and the driver did not have a driver's license. There were three men in the car and they were a rough looking bunch.....Like Willie Adkins used to say "I can tell a thug, just by looking at him."
Well, the Leaksville boys thought sure they had spotted some thugs and they arrested the driver and the two passengers were drunk and had to be arrested forcefully........which Leaksville was good at. These three strangers were jailed at the Spray Jail and all they screamed for was a lawyer....they knew their d--- rights, they wanted a lawyer!!!!
Detective Neil Lewis was notified that Leaksville had arrested strangers from somewhere else and put them in jail. No one knew who they were, and they were not saying. Neil walked into the jail to interview the men and for some reason.......they thought he was the lawyer sent to represent them. Neil usually wore a suit and tie.
In the next few minutes, they told him they were escapees from a prison up north, they had stolen the car, they had robbed a couple of stores in Virginia and asked Neil if he could get them off. Neil dutifully took down their statements, had them sign them and started to leave when one of the convicts asked..are you gonna take our cases???? Oh yea, Neil said...and showed them his badge.
Michael D. Martin