In most northern states, law enforcement authorities have a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when the temperatures drop down to single digits or lower.
About 3:00 a.m. one very cold morning in March 2004, a State Police officer responded to a call concerning a car off the shoulder of the road on the outskirts of Casper. 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 officer walked to the driver’s door and found an older man asleep behind the wheel with a nearly empty vodka bottle on the seat beside him.
The driver woke up when the officer tapped on the window. Seeing the rotating lights in his rearview mirror and the State Police officer standing next to his car, the man panicked, jerked the gearshift into “Drive”, and hit the gas. The car’s speedometer was showing 20, then 30, then 40, and finally 50 MPH, but the car was still stuck in the snow, wheels spinning madly.
The officer, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the “speeding” but still stationary car. The driver was totally freaked out thinking the officer was actually keeping up with him. This went on for about 30 seconds, after which the Patrolman yelled at the man and ordered him to “Pull Over!” The man obeyed, turned the steering wheel to the right, and stopped the engine.
Needless to say, the “driver” was arrested and is probably still shaking his head over the State Patrolman who could run 50 miles per hour. [bctt tweet=”Who says cops don’t have a sense of humor?”]