According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, around 3:13 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, a deputy observed two vehicles traveling “unusually close together” on I-41 southbound near State Highway 33. The deputy noticed the lead driver was continuously swerving, driving half on and off the shoulder, and not maintaining consistent speeds. The following driver was traveling close behind the lead driver.
Authorities say the deputy pulled alongside the pair of vehicles, activated his emergency lights and turn signal to get behind the lead vehicle. The following driver reportedly failed to yield to the deputy and pulled even closer to the lead vehicle; the following driver would not allow the deputy to pull into the lane of traffic to make the traffic stop.
Eventually the lead driver stopped, but the following driver still would not allow the deputy behind the first vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
At some point the deputy was finally able to make his stop, whereupon he learned a couple of things.
- The “following driver” was the stepfather of the “lead driver”, and he was trying to make sure that she made it home safely.
- In this case, what making it home safely meant was doing what he could to prevent “lead driver” from getting arrested for drunk driving for a second time that day.
It didn’t work as well as picking her up and driving her home like a normal person would have, obviously. Of course, I say “obviously” under the assumption that he wasn’t also drunk. To me this sounds like a plan you would have to be drunk to come up with, but since the police didn’t immediately ding him for being in that state, he probably wasn’t.