The Drunk Who Got Away

I felt bad on the way to work the other day that I didn’t turn in a drunk driver. He or she could’ve killed somebody.

I generally like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and don’t take calling 911 lightly, but this guy was bad off. He was trying to drive in the slow lane, but bounced in an out of the fast lane and shoulder all the way from Purdy to Bremerton. It was 8:30 in the morning. Was he hung over from partying all night? Did he get up and start hitting the bottle? I have a beer now and then, but I’ve never been wasted at 8:30 in the morning.

The guy had a hard time getting through Gorst, continuing to weave and hit the brakes. There’s no way everone else couldn’t have noticed him, too. Every time I tried to catch up to him and get his license plate number, he took off. I though of just calling in a description of the car, but it was nondescript. Nondescript color, kind of bluish-greenish-silvery. Nondescript car, your typical little … I don’t know what.

Coming along Sinclair Inlet, I though if he dumps it in the bay, I’ll try to help but I’m not let this idiot drown me. To his credit, he kept it on the road. Last I saw he was headed north on Highway 3 near the auto center. Hopefully somebody else was able to report him.

3 thoughts on “The Drunk Who Got Away

  1. Ed,
    Next time phone it in. I’ve been hit head-on by a drunk–wish someone had called it in then…Not sure why you were reluctant. Didn’t want to get him in trouble or something?
    Also, why assume he was drunk? Might have been having a medical issue and really needed help (as opposed to some time behind bars).


  2. CJ – I think the writer already siad why he didn’t call him in. But if a person tried to continue driving in such a manner all that distance, without attempting to pull it off the road. that driver was probably drunk – not having a medical issue. I KNOW that anything is possible, but time to call a spade a spade. Even if the drunk got pulled over, i think that most of us know that they probably already had their license pulled, and having no license or insurance doesn’t prevent them from driving, either. Even genuinely conscientious people, who wouldn’t dream of driving while “impaired”, get a different attitude toward driving, once they are drunk. Who drives all the vehicles home from the taverns and bars at night!? I know that there are those who must not get on-their-lips drunk at the bars, but interesting that it is considered “entrapment” to watch for bar patrons as they leave the bar – not good for business, of course.

  3. We saw someone doing the same kind of driving a week or so ago on the Highway 305 from Bainbridge Island to Poulsbo. Called it in without batting an eye. Whether medical emergency or drunk, better safe than sorry to get law enforcement involved if you can.

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