Saturday, May 19, 2007

From The Police Files
Drunk Driving Makes You Stupid!

To me there is nothing funnier that to watch the TV show Cops and see some of the stupid crap people do when they are drunk. Most of the time, the stuff they do is so stupid that I'm sure they don't even remember it the next day. In a few cases, the outcome is tragic and takes the life of an innocent person. I say put them away for life for that. But when it doesn't hurt anybody, it can be hysterical. So, from the news of our insane world, check out these two stories of drunk drivers...

In most of the United States there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when temperatures drop to single digits or below. About 3 AM one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper Allan Nixon #168 responded to a call that there was a car off the shoulder of the road outside Great Falls, Montana.

He located the car, stuck in deep snow and with the engine still running. Pulling in behind the car with his emergency lights on, the trooper walked to the driver's door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel with a nearly empty vodka bottle on the seat beside him. The driver cam awake when the trooper tapped on the window. Seeing the rotating lights in his rearview mirror, and the state trooper standing next to his car, the man panicked. He jerked the gearshift into 'drive' and hit the gas.

The car's speedometer was showing 20-30-40 and then 50 MPH, but it was still stuck in the snow, wheels spinning. Trooper Nixon, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding (but stationary) car. The driver was totally freaked, thinking the trooper was actually keeping up with him. This goes on for about 30 seconds, then the trooper yelled, "Pull Over!"

The man nodded, turned his wheel and stopped the engine. Needless to say, the man from North Dakota was arrested and is probably still shaking his head over the state trooper in montana who could run 60 miles per hour.

Who says troopers don't have a sense of humor!

In Kent, Washington, Dave Anthony's pickup truck sank slowly through the roof of a one-story house yesterday morning, he popped a Spin Doctors CD into a player and reached for a can of Budweiser. "It wouldn't be a good life without a challenge," he said. "If you don't break something, you aren't trying very hard." Just how Anthony's truck got on top of the house was a tale that had police and firefighters shaking their heads in disbelief.

It began with a few beers and an offer to help tear down a friend's old house. Anthony had already knocked down the garage by ramming it with his 1984 four-wheel-drive GMC pickup truck when he decided to drive his pickup truck onto the roof of the house. Hoping for a snapshot to send to a four-wheel-drive magazine, he steered the truck over the rubble of the partially collapsed garage and drove onto the roof of the house next to the busy West Valley Highway.

Anthony, a self-proclaimed "39, going on 15," handled the setback with aplomb. Police and firefighters weren't amused. They rejected Anthony's requests to be allowed to climb back onto the roof and try to drive his truck to the ground. Why did he do it, they asked. "Because I could," he answered. "I saw the challenge, and I took it."

An unrepentant Anthony steadfastly insisted it was merely a good stunt that went bad although may be having second thoughts today.

Later, when one of the detectives working the case spotted a picture of Anthony, his truck and the big four-wheel tires in the newspaper Saturday, he rushed to the towing company lot that removed the truck and kicked the investigation into high gear. Police say the tires were purchased with a credit card stolen from a retired Auburn doctor early this year. According to police, "driving your pickup truck onto the roof of a house and getting your picture in the newspaper doesn't make a whole lot of sense when police want to talk to you about a $2,800 set of tires purchased with a stolen credit card."

He wasn't smiling anymore.