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A holdup man kills a guard and deserts his wounded partner during a robbery, but then discovers that the silent partners who planned the robbery and provided a hideout are even more ruthless than he is.
A crook has what appears to be a perfect racket. His men cause trucks to have accidental break-downs on the roadway, and then he sends out a service to repair the trucks. His plans works until two things happen. A trucker turns down the service, calling the Highway Patrol instead, and one of the crooks/road mechanics ends up dead.moreless
While inspecting some of the outlying Highway Patrol substations, Dan decides that breakfast sounds good and stops at a dinner in a small town, only to be told that the stove has just broken. He tries another place that closes as soon as he gets there. The town's general store is closed and Dan's suspicions rise when he sees no one anywhere in the town.moreless
Using a lie detector, and his intuition, Dan must sort out who is telling the truth about an attempted robbery of an old woman who owns a motel and her eager to help nephew.
A Highway Patrolman stops a young man for exceeding the speed limit and then becomes suspicious of all the spare parts in the car, only to have the boy panic and accidentally run over the officer.
Using forensic science like metal work and foot print analysis to help solve a crime, Dan must use all resources available to find the criminals behind a daring armed robbery using a perfectly replicated armored truck, which has already resulted in one murder.
A disgruntled truck driver seeks revenge by robbing only the chain stores owned by his employer.
A sniper is taking random shots at passing cars on a rural road and one of those shots takes the life of a driver. This sets the Highway Patrol hot on the trail of the shooter only Matthews isn't convinced of the person the townsfolk are accusing.
Dan uses tracking dogs to stay on the trail of a middle aged escaped mental patient who thinks he's a famous musician, but who has also taken a woman hostage.
A ranger calls the Highway Patrol when he sees a small plane coming down in what he thinks is an emergency landing. Mathews arrives to find the empty plane intact and the ranger murdered.
An ex-mob boss turned witness refuses to be guarded in a hotel, so Dan and team set up defenses on the man's ranch, spending five days fending off a sharp shooter, a car bomb, and explosives in a package.
A couple of thieves stow away in the rear of a truck driven by a third crook that will carry them into a plant's secured lot at night so that they can crack the company's safe where there's a $27,000 payroll being stored.
An oil research device that contains radioactive materials is stolen and makes it's way through various hands until it's about to be dismantled by a ham radio operator, with his pregnant wife looking on.
The life of an ex-con is never easy, especially when cellmates show up expecting favors. Al Baldwin is a reformed criminal but suddenly has unexpected guests who hide out at his house while plotting their next crime. When that holdup goes bad, the cons hold Al's wife hostage unless he helps.moreless
A bonded messenger plots with an accomplice to steal a payroll worth $20,000. Only what he doesn't count on is his partner in crime killing him and taking all the money for himself. The murderer also doesn't plan on Chief Dan Mathews being right on his tail.
Dan gets a tip from an anonymous source that a mobster has a hit scheduled for the senator who is heading up the crime commission that is investigating the crook's rackets.
Dan gets a tip from a salvage dealer and uncovers a car theft ring that buys wrecks for their plates and registration, which they then put on freshly stolen repainted vehicles.
Two convicts escape when a small plane makes a landing near their work detail. Chief Dan Mathews takes to the air in the Highway Patrol helicopter to find them before they land and get away.
A guard is killed during a packing house robbery. When one of the killers dumps the body in a remote area, he is seen by a farmer who calls the Highway Patrol. But the killers change cars and soon are chased by the cops, figuring out that there must have been a witness to the body dump or car switch, so they set out to eliminate that witness, with Chief Dan Mathews right behind them.moreless
One of Chief Mathews' best officers suddenly resigns and Dan soon figures out that it's because the cop's own brother is an escaped criminal.
As a result of an APB broadcast on radio stations, Dan picks up the trail of a murderous con man heading out into the desert. The only way to catch up with him is by air.
Professor McKay, a gemologist, is transporting uncut jewels to have them appraised when he suffers a heart attack while driving. After his car is impounded by the Highway Patrol, McKay dies and his daughter accuses Patrolman Johnson, the officer who was the only one in charge of her father's car, of stealing the jewels which can't be found. A newspaper reporter is about to publish the story, pointing the finger at Johnson so Dan Mathews has little time to sort out the theft.moreless
A guard is killed during a prison break and the escapee is a ruthless career criminal who will stop at nothing to prevent capture by Chief Dan Mathews and the Highway Patrol.
Tom Thornton, recently released from prison, vows to kill his former business partner, Harold Sylvester, who framed him for murder. Dan Mathews attempts to prevent the killing, but is hampered by the fact that the crime that Thornton served time for was the murder of Sylvester.
Two men steal a state of the art computer and hold it for $100,000 ransom. A chase from the air in the Highway Patrol's Bell 47 helicopter prevents their get-a-way.
Chief Dan Mathews sets up a sting to try and find out the source of heroin that is craftily being smuggled to pushers behind the hubcaps of unsuspecting tourists who frequent a certain resort.
A murderer on the run kidnaps a couple and their daughter at gunpoint. They hideout in a cabin in the woods. Highway Patrol helicopters finally track them down.
A restaurant owner is wounded and his daughter kidnapped by two robbers, who flee but are tracked by Chief Dan Mathews in a Highway Patrol helicopter.
A super-efficient and highly trusted secretary for a farmers' co-op devises a meticulous plan to rob the co-op of $50,000 with the help of her crop duster boyfriend.
An injured young hood takes hold up in a mountain cabin and is helped by a woman, while her husband contacts a nearby ranger. The man comes to, and takes the woman hostage, just as Dan closes in from the sky.
Dan engages in solving the type of crime all officers hate the most: the murder of a fellow cop. Officer Joe Kline's body is found in a remote area and at first it look like it could have been an unfortunate hunting accident, except for the marijuana leaf found in his pocket. From this clue, Mathews deduces that Kline must have found drug dealers while he was hunting and this sets the chief to find the cop killers.moreless
A young boy playing in the woods sees two robbers who have kidnapped a local doctor to remove a bullet from one of the man's shoulder. He runs home and calls the Highway Patrol who must figure out how to not only save the doctor, but now also the boy who has gotten captured.moreless
Chief Dan Mathews responds to a call of an apparent hunting accident involving two business partners in a remote area of the mountains. Only it's after the dead man's daughter reveals that her father would never hunt and hated guns that Mathews begins to suspect foul play.
A handyman takes advantage of an overheard conversation in a beauty parlor to steal money collected from a local charity for crippled children.
A bank messenger responsible for transporting large sums of money is pressured by his wife to steal one of the shipments, only he finds out she plans on taking the loot and running away with another man.
The father of a little girl injured by a careless driver gets paid off not to report the accident. Only the driver, Eddie Beekman, is not a wealthy guy and when Dan Mathews finds out about the payoff, he looks into Beekman's past and discovers a bank robbery that was never solved with money that was never found. He also sees that the statute of limitations on that crime runs out at midnight.moreless
A recently paroled burglar and his wife move into town and and after a string of robberies, they become the chief suspects. Despite being under the watchful eye of the Highway Patrol, the confident pair attempt to pull one last major heist.
Mr. Garson of Western Chemical has to make a delivery of highly dangerous radioactive dust and he asks the Highway Patrol to accompany their driver to the point of delivery. Chief Dan Mathews sees to the task himself, only he leaves the site before Harry Wells, the driver, drops the canister, spilling the radioactive material on the ground and contaminating himself in the process. The spill is discovered and search is started, only the dust causes Harry to start acting strangely, prompting Mathews to try and find him before it's too late.moreless
After a bystander is shot when three robbers hold up a bank, Dan must move quickly to insure no one else in this small coastal town gets hurt.
Several criminals conspire to stage highway accidents prompting truck drivers to stop and help victims only to be assaulted and have their cargoes stolen. Chief Mathews creates a ruse to force the crime ring into action with the hopes of capturing them.
A sailor saves a young baby from choking little knowing he has meningitis. Highway Patrol scours the area to find him.
High quality forged payroll checks are flooding into the area, being made by the new owner of an established printing company which keeps him under the radar. Dan, knowing that it can't be a backroom operation, tries to eliminate each possible point of operation, knowing that the clock is ticking and that the counterfeiters will soon leave the area once it's too hot to pass any more bogus checks.moreless
Chief Dan Mathews investigates an abandoned car on the side of a road and is suddenly the target of a man with a rifle on a hill. After checking ownership of the car, it turns out that the man with the gun is novelist Guy Pemberton who, according to his doctor, is acting out a part from one of his books because of the medication he is taking. Dan's job is to keep Guy from harming himself and someone else.moreless