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 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.
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
After killing a guard and escaping from the state penitentiary, armed convict Niles Brandon steals a car and contacts his estranged wife to help him stay at large. When Sgt. Walters shows up to question her, she lies about having heard from Niles.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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
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
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.
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