A member of a law-enforcement agency
It was patrolman Jack McCarty.
I explained the situation briefly and the patrolman recognized I was the object of the call he'd just received from Jackson.
Patrolman Murphy drove me back to the Pacific Crest Inn, this time in an unmarked car.
There was nothing more I could do here absent Howie so I rounded up patrolman Murphy and asked him to return me to the hospital.
"Just some machinery junk," a patrolman muttered.