Now, I had been told many times over the years that if such an accident, in an out-of-the-way place, was to happen to me, just get the hell out of there as fast as you can. The policing and the legal system in many so-called third-world countries is simply not what we might expect, no matter how innocent you might be. Court, on the other hand, and much to his credit as a human being (not to mention a tour guide), seeing that the woman was badly hurt and being Red Cross-trained in first aid, immediately stopped and came to her aid. The other members of her group telephoned the local national police, who came from the next town of Palmira about seven miles away in less than 15 minutes. As they arrived, Court, triage and first aid complete, was lifting the woman into a truck. He was about to drive her to the hospital in Alausí when one of the police said that he is going with him, which technically meant he was taking Court into custody. The other policeman stayed with me and we waited among a growing crowd of inquisitive locals for a couple of hours before Court and the policeman returned. Together we went to the national police station in Palmira, where Court was kept in custody for 10 hours without being arrested.