Episode Guide: Season 4: Wheels of Justice
408 - Wheels of Justice

Original Airdate: 21-Dec-1980

Plot: A repeat drunk driver causes an accident and switches places with his wife so he won't lose his license. After talking to the drunk's lawyer at Central, Ponch and Jon go on their beat again. They pull over cheerleaders who were hanging out of their cars. The next day, Ponch and Jon are in court for the "Stan West" case and find out it was given a continuance. Next, Ponch and Jon stop by the hospital to verify injuries for Jon's reports. Later they check in the the new Deputy DA about the drunk driver. When a gas main breaks at the hospital, the babies in the maternity ward have to be transported to another hospital. When a crazy driver (Stan West) tries to knock a car off the road, the baby transporting ambulance gets run off. Nobody's hurt, but Grossie ends up holding babies until the CHP arrives to take the babies to Central. Ponch questions Stan West when his car is identified at the accident. Later at the drunk guy's trial, he is found guilty of public intoxication and not drunk driving. In a few hours, Ponch and Jon return to the courthouse and reveal that "Stan West" is one of multiple aliases. Meanwhile, the drunk guy is out driving again. Ponch and Jon chase him just before he crashes. This time he doesn't switch places with his wife because she flew out of the car window and died. Later, the CHP deliver the babies to their new home. The transport goes quietly because they're all using "The Getraer Method".

Briefing: How to quiet a baby - The Getraer Method

Guest Stars: Joshua Bryant (as Arthur), Christine Belford (as Denise), Christine DeLisle (as Janice), Basil Hoffman (as Stan West), Devon Ericson (as Judy), David Spielberg (as Ted Stern), John Biroc (as Paramedic), David Bowman (as Administrator), Judie Carrol (as Woman Driver), Rita Crafts (as Judge), John Kelly (as Judge), Charity James (as Chris), Micki McKenzie (as Pam), Thomas Meyers (as Injured Motorist), John Patta (as Rita), Linda Phillips (as Hostess), Jack Philpot (as Court Clerk)
Written by: L. Ford Neale & John Huff
Directed by: Gordon Hessler

Mistakes:

  • After the first accident, Jon turns the keys of a woman's car to shut off her horn. I don't know about you, but my horn still works even if the car is off.

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