Most drivers on the road consider it an obligation to call the police if they spot a drunk driver, but a Florida man didn’t have to look too far to spot a dangerous person behind the wheel last week. He was staring back from his rearview mirror.
According to a Facebook post from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Lester, 39, of Winter Haven, Fla. called police on New Year’s Eve to say that he needed police. The problem, he said, was that there was a drunk person behind the wheel of a car. This call was a fairly routine one for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, so they agreed to dispatch an officer. What came next though, was unprecedented, even for veterans of the force.
When asked where he was, Lester responded, “Uh… I’m drunk. I don’t know where I’m at. I’m just drunk driving all night.” The dispatcher again asked for his location, and he simply responded “I don’t know, I’m too drunk.”
Polk County Sheriffs dispatch asked Lester to pull to the side of the road, and he told them his red F-150 was currently “on the wrong side of the road near a Publix.” Lester asked when police would arrive.
Apparently growing weary of waiting on law enforcement, he told the operator “I think I’m going to get something to eat. They can catch up with me.”
Lester eventually grew angry with the dispatch operator, refusing to tell them his name and finally telling them “you don’t need to tell me what to do,” when they repeatedly asked him to pull over. At this point, Lester disconnected the call.
Sheriffs Deputies did eventually manage to track down the pickup and safely get it stopped. Lester admitted to officers that he did have several beers that evening, and that he had only slept four hours over the past four days. On top of all that, he had consumed meth just a little while earlier.
While the event was certainly humorous, the PCSO stated in a Facebook post about the arrest that DUI wasn’t a laughing matter. However, they added, nobody was injured, so “we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”
The self-reporting offender was jailed on a charge of DUI, which investigators would soon learn wasn’t his first offense of this nature. Aggravated battery, drug possession, and several other charges also showed up in his history.
The PCSO summed it up perhaps the best way possible. “At least Michael wasn’t involved in a crash, and lived to see another day.”
Listen to the 911 call below: