Post # 1
OK, bees! I had an interesting little situation occur last night. Last night, after having dinner with Darling Husband, I left my car in the parking lot to run some errands with him. It took a lot longer than expected, and we got back to my car right around midnight. The restaurant was closed, and the place had emptied out. There were two cars on the other side of the parking lot. I got out, and started to transfer a few things into my car when I heard a commotion coming from the two cars.
I looked up, somewhat alarmed, and saw a woman lying on the ground. There was a man with her, urging her to get up. They were both dressed up. I immediately assumed something was wrong. However, I kinda tried to keep an eye on them. It then became evident that they were HAMMERED. I mean, possibly the drunkest people I’ve ever seen in public. She could not even stand. He repeatedly attempted to get her to stand up and walk to the other car, but he couldn’t even stand upright himself. I got back into the car with Darling Husband so that we could keep an eye on them. (Is that nosy? lol) Anyway, he proceeded to basically drag her to her car, put her in the driver’s side, shut the door, and drive off. She started her car and backed up. I’m assuming she was trying to drive around the parking lot, but it looked like she passed out. Her car drove very slowly straight ahead and ran into a curb, where it stayed.
So, I called 911. I’ve never done that before! I was legitimately worried. If she had made it out on the road she would have probably killed herself in a car wreck, and potentially someone else. If she was passed out, her car could have eventually jumped the curb and gone out into traffic. Even if those two things didn’t happen, it was really unsafe for her to spend the night there, passed out in her car in an empty parking lot. So, I called them and reported suspected drunk driving. Is it considered drunk driving if they haven’t even left the parking lot? My biggest fear is being the “girl who cried wolf,” but driving under the influence is just something I take VERY seriously. What do y’all think? Did I do the right thing? And how big of a JERK is that man who left that woman there? I realize it’s ultimately her own fault, but he didn’t seem nearly as intoxicated as she was. It just makes me sad.
Oh, and for the record, we took a spin around the neighborhood & came back a few minutes later & there were three police there.
Post # 3
@Annie624: Yes, absolutely. Imagine if one or both had hit and injured/killed someone. You would have felt terrible for doing nothing. You totally did the right thing.
Post # 4
I’ve called it once on a car I was following down the road. It kept swaying and running into the curbs. I just knew the driver was high or drunk and was going to cause an accident.
Post # 5
I think you definitely did the right thing. What if she had go out into the road and killed someone?!? Kudos for your for calling the cops and making sure she didn’t hurt herself or anyone else. And that guy is a total AHOLE for leaving her there like that and driving off himself the same way.
Post # 6
@ticatica: Thanks for reassuring me. 🙂
@PinkMagnolia: That was the first time I’ve ever witnessed it! I’ve overheard people say, “Oh I probably shouldn’t have driven home last night, I was a little buzzed…” (which I don’t agree with either). But this was the first time I’ve seen such blatant drunk driving. It’s so scary!!
Post # 7
Yes. 100%. If this drunk person was someone I loved, I would be so thankful that you (a stranger) cared enough to make the call.
Post # 8
@2PeasinaPod: I agree! He was probably in his early 50s/late 40s. She was probably early 30s. It crossed my mind if it was like an affair or something, and he had to get home to his wife. The whole thing was shady! Darling Husband kept telling me that I was getting carried away. Haha… 🙂
Post # 9
Uh, since you guys were getting on the same road as those fools-yes! Sometimes people need a wake up call that drunk driving is not ok!
Post # 10
i definitely think you did the right thing. and that sounds crazy that the man put her on the driver’s side!! and when you say the man left her, do you mean he did not get in the passenger seat? but left her alone in the car to drive?
Post # 11
In most states, it’s considered drunk driving even if you haven’t started the car. Just having access to the keys and being in the car is enough. You did the right thing.
Post # 12
You did the right thing, her health was in danger and the safety of herself and others were in danger. Drunk driving has no grey area. You would have felt terrible if you woke up the next morning to the headline “drunk woman kills family of 5”.
Post # 13
You were 100% doing the right thing. When I was a server back in college, a lady sat at the bar and drank at least 4-5 Long Island’s, and then proceeded to stumble to the parking lot. We tried to call her a cab, get her to come back inside, etc. but she wouldn’t listen. So I called the police. I would never be able to forgive myself if I watched her drive off and she killed herself, or someone else.
You definitely did the right thing!
Post # 14
I’d have done the exact same thing. Mr CL and I are slightly militant on the drink-driving thing; neither of us will even have half a pint so as to be ‘under the limit’ and still drive. You were looking out for her safety and other people’s. Also other people’s property too (although that’s clearly nowhere near as important!)
Post # 15
I call 911 for drunk driving all the time! Prolly like 3-4 times a year! It frustrates me incredibly to see someone clearly intoxicated and switching all over!
Post # 16
I did the same thing a couple months ago. Darling Husband and I were out with friends out of state, and I was getting a migraine. I finally had to go to the car and sit because I felt like I was going to throw up. After a while, I noticed I heard clinking and commotion from the car next to me. I sat up and the guy next to me was going through his trunk and pulled out a beer bottle.
Then he sat in the driver’s seat and just sat there drinking this beer. He was clearly inebriated, and then he started up the car. I’m sitting there in complete shock, I couldn’t believe what I was watching! I wasn’t sure that I could call him in for just sitting in a running car (and I was hoping he was waiting on someone in the restuarant) and then after about 10 minutes, he DROVE AWAY! I got the license and called him in. About 30 seconds later, a cop came through. I don’t know if they got him, but I at least did what I could.
So yes, you absolutely did the right thing!