Shopper to Impaired Motorist: Don't Drive And I Don't Call Cops

A reader tells Patch she left a note on the windshield of an obviously impaired driver, asking him to call someone for a ride; she promised she would not call police if he did not get behind the wheel.

This article was modified at 10:19 p.m. Jan. 19, 2013 to redact the reader's name.

Citizen Report:

A woman outside an Elk Grove Walmart Saturday noticed an apparently impaired driver pouring himself out of his vehicle and tried to warn him against driving, at the risk of being reported to the cops.

The woman spotted the man as he got out of his vehicle and staggered into the Walmart at 8465 Elk Grove Blvd. about 1: 30 p.m., according to a reader who provided Patch with the information.

She called her husband -- inside the store shopping -- for advice, then decided to write a note pleading with the driver to call someone and not try to drive, according to the reader, who asked not to be identified.

A copy of the note is attached to this article.

According to the reader, when the driver left the store, he could not find his own vehicle and then, while trying to drive off, struck his own shopping cart twice.

At this point, the woman decided she needed to call police, she told Patch.

Just as police picked up the line, an officer -- called by someone to the scene, according to a police dispatcher -- arrived at the Walmart.

The woman said she and her husband honked and yelled to get the officer's attention; the officer contacted the motorist and administered field tests, the reader told Patch.

The man was arrested at a nearby gas station, into which the suspect's vehicle pulled when alerted by the officer's lights and sirens.

A dispatcher confirmed to Patch that an arrest was made.

Greg January 20, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Appropriate intervention: Kudos!


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