Last night we were watching something when we heard a crunch outside. We went to go look, and there's a silver Hyundai planted face first into the utility pole that someone else hit last winter (which has now been replaced, though they kept the broken one) in a ditch off the road! The driver was okay, but obviously quite intoxicated and nearly fell on his face once he got out of the car, but my dad wisely took his car keys before he did anything else. We got a police officer down there pretty quickly, at which point he discovered that the guy had a marijuana pipe in his car. Ah, whoops~!
So the guy was arrested while my mom and I were standing further down the driveway, so I heard rather than saw all of it. I noticed that the officer mangled the Miranda Rights a bit, but they were satisfactory in terms of procedure and got the message across. A state trooper then showed up, and we found out that we could give statements the next day, which we did earlier today. It was also a learning experience to talk with those guys
So let's see -- this guy has an OUI, reckless driving, possibly damaging town property (the pole) and possession of an illegal substance on him now. Not good. Hopefully this'll be the end of our involvement in this (other than now having a broken utility pole -- that luckily has no wires attached to it since the last guy hit it) unless they need us to corroborate evidence in court, since the guy refused to get breathalyzed (which you can legally do, thought it immediately results in a suspended license) so all the evidence that he was drunk is based on our eyewitness accounts. My dad wrote up a very detailed one since he was the one helping this guy out of his car, and the cops said it was one of the best one's they've gotten, and they apparently thought Mom's and mine were fine too. So maybe it's a good thing this guy crashed in front of the house of two reporters and a writer.
This also isn't the first time this has happened, since our road has a little crest that if you hit it just right sends you off into that ditch/pole. The last kid who did that had fallen asleep at the wheel, but this guy was obviously drunk. He also tried to take off once he crashed to "get his friends" at the bar down the street, but he was too far into the ditch to get anywhere. And luckily it didn't turn violent, and we don't know the guy though he apparently lives down the street.
That certainly wasn't something we were expecting. ^_^;