Two Asheville, North Carolina, police officers crashed an Independence Day party Tuesday, and decided to join in on the fun.
The two officers — Carrie Lee and Joe Jones — were responding to a complaint about a massive slip-and-slide set up for a Fourth of July block party. Some nearby residents complained the slide was blocking the road, but when the officers found out that wasn’t true, they took a ride themselves.
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“When the police came, they quickly realized that wasn’t the case and asked if they could take a turn,” resident Katlen Joyce Smith told CNN, noting that one of the local dads decided to build the oversized DIY slide for the neighborhood kids to play with during the party.
Once they arrived on the scene, Lee said she and Jones “determined it wasn’t really an issue."
“So the first thing I said, I said, ‘I’m not here to break up your fun,’” she added.
In videos from the party, Lee can be seen using a trash bag to make her way down the big slip-and-slide while Jones, who was initially reluctant to join in, rode in an inner tube with one of the neighborhood kids.
“I thought I was going to be able to get out of it, because I’m too big to fit in a trash bag,” Jones explained. “But then when the kids pulled out this big raft, and so, then I had no choice.”
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For her part, Smith was thrilled with the entire event. In a Facebook post, she wrote that she “still can’t handle the amazing-mess of it all.
“I hope the neighbor who called them saw it all go down!” she said.
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