This past Sunday, we received a call for a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. It was about 2000 hours and about 40-45 degrees outside. The call wasn't far from my house, so I responded POV. As I approached the scene there was a Tahoe on its side, partially blocking one lane of travel. I pulled beyond the accident into a curve to alert oncoming traffic of the accident. As I walked back to the Tahoe, I was met by the driver who told me to be careful. "What do you mean?" I asked him. "Be careful, this road is covered in ice. Especially that curve," he said pointing toward where my vehicle was parked. I was starting to get a buzz just talking to him. Knowing that there wasn't the first bit of ice anywhere on the road, I switched my portable to the Sheriff's Dept. channel and informed dispatch of possible DUI, subject stating he slid on the ice. I think it was the first time I have ever heard a dispatcher laugh on the radio, as he confirmed that the deputy responding heard my radio traffic. He said he did and pulled up about a minute later.
The driver blew a 0.12 on the Portable Breath Test (PBT) in the deputy's car. When the State Trooper arrived, he had the driver blow again into his PBT. He blew a 0.23. I'm not sure what he blew on the Breathalyzer, but I heard he spent the night in jail.
He slid on ice alright...Just not sure if it was Budwieser, Molson or Smirnoff ICE!
Everyone have a SAFE and Merry Christmas.
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