Sounds like a good plan.
One of my poodles got out a few months back. I opened the front door and he just darted straight out (we got a baby gate after that!)
I chased after him and he ran down my neighbors driveway and into their yard!
He didn't have time to do anything before I finally caught up to him but my neighbor came out and just asked what was going on. I explained and was VERY apologetic... she was fine with it and just gave him a pat and called him a naughty boy.
Now if she had have come out and asked what was going on and I told her to mind her own business or just walked off and didn't answer her it probably would
have been a totally different story.
edited for spelling.