Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston has done a lot of things in his career, but one thing he’s never done before this week is witness a drug bust.

Alston was riding along for an evening with Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers to get to know more about how the sheriff and the Sheriff’s Department operate.

Alston said he found the experience eye-opening.

He made his remarks at the end of the Thursday, Sept. 1 meeting of the Guilford County Commissioners.

One of the first crimes the two men came across that evening was a speeder.

“The guy was running 85 in a 55 so the sheriff had to pull him over,” Alston said.

He added, “I was happy being on the right side of the blue lights rather than the wrong side of the blue lights.”

Recently, some members of the Board of Commissioners have done some ride-alongs with county emergency response workers and law enforcement to get a more up-close view of how they operate.

Alston said he was astonished at how much information the officers have on people at their fingertips.

“Before you get out of the car, they know more about you than you know about yourself,” the chairman said.

The night ended up being a lot longer than Alston had planned due to what happened last.

“We were on our way back home and Danny saw someone standing out on the street and he thought the person looked out of place,” Alston said.  “He turned the car around and asked her if she was alright. She said she was, and he got her driver’s license and called it in and found out she had a warrant outstanding. He asked her what was going on and she confessed she had drugs on her – she had a big wad of heroin in her pocket.”

That meant that other units and a drug-sniffing dog had to be brought out to the scene and more had to be done before Alston and Rogers ended the night.

“It was a good experience,” Alston said, adding that he got home at 12:30 in the morning and had a 7:30 a.m. breakfast to attend the next day.

Guilford County Commissioner Carlvena Foster asked Alston:  “Do you have to be a witness in the case?”

“No, I  hope not,” he said.  Then  He looked worried about that possibility and added quickly “I didn’t see nothing,” a line which got a big laugh from the crowd in the meeting room.