Pot Holes and Hub Caps

The Badge and Gun

I was driving along in my cruiser recently and hit a pot hole. It was a new hole formed from recent rain. The pavement was still intact, it has just sunk a few inches. Because the pavement is there it is a deceptive hole that is hard to detect. It’s also right next to a storm drain grate in the middle of the road.

I hit the hole and there was a bone jarring jolt as the wheel slammed into it. It took me a second to assess the car and realize it still handled okay. I didn’t just destroy the rim or the steering. As I slowed to a stop, a movement out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. When I looked over, I saw the hub cap from my tire pass me. It rolled by and then without any regard for the stop sign, it rolled into an intersection. Despite approaching traffic the hub cap managed to avoid getting run over and it even boomeranged back to me.

The hub cap came to rest nearby and I was able to reattach it to my car. The hub cap survived, the rim was still round, and the steering still worked. Crisis averted.

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3 Comments »

  1. Jenna Says:

    What a resilient hub cap! :p

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  2. pgg Says:

    Many years ago, I was running code 3 in an old caprice (1992 model), and rounded a turn at a high rate of speed with the tires squeeling. Out of the corner of my eye I see a hubcap continue in the direction I had been going in. It left the roadway and cut a line into the black berry bushes. We went back and retrieved it later. It left a slice into the bushes for several feet before stopping. Cut those branches like a hot knife through butter.

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  3. need to talk to a officer about serious probably but cannot talk with my police depart because of undercover ci

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