One Florida man is in jail after reporting a drunk driver: himself.
Michael Lester contacted emergency dispatch on New Year’s Eve with a bizarre story. As with every emergency call, the dispatcher is trained to get the precise location of the emergency to immediately dispatch police. When the dispatcher asked Lester where he was, he responded with: “I’m too drunk. I don’t know where I’m at.”
Despite the confusing response, the operator kept cool and asked what was the nature of the emergency. That’s when things get even weirder.
“I was just, uh, drunk driving,” Lester said.
“You’re drunk driving right now?”
“Yeah, all night,” he responded.
Wanting to be abundantly clear, the operator asked Lester again what he was doing if he was driving drunk? Lester’s response was classic.
“I don’t know, driving around, trying to get pulled over, actually.”
Later in the call, Lester felt it necessary to inform the operator, “I’m driving on the wrong side of the road.”
The call then changed to try and convince Lester to pull over so officers could arrest him (although it didn’t seem like that’s what Lester was expecting). The operator was able to trace his call to direct police, but getting a drunk driver to stop is always a difficult task.
A task that Lester wasn’t making easy. After being repeatedly asked to pull over he replied to the operator, “I’m gonna go get something to eat, they can catch up with me.”
Eventually, the operator was able to convince Lester to stop his Ford F-150, but he did it in the worst location possible. “Look, I’ll park in the middle of the road,” he told the operator, who asked him to pull over to the side.
About three minutes into the call sirens can be heard in the background even while Lester and the operator continue to argue about where he should pull over. Soon after Lester tells the dispatcher he has to leave. “I’m gonna have to let you go, I have to talk to the police officers.”
Officers were able to determine that Lester not only had a few beers but had also taken methamphetamine earlier that day. He also admitted to having not slept for the past few days.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter. However…in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn't help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).You’ve heard Sheriff Judd on the radio telling his #CrazyCriminal Stories – we figured, for those of you who don’t have a radio, all two of you, why not share those stories here for your reading pleasure?Allow us to introduce Michael Lester of Winter Haven. On New Year's Eve, Michael decided to call in a drunk driver. Himself. If you need to take a second to re-read that sentence, to let it sink in, we'll wait.Good? Alright, let us proceed. So Michael called 911, and told the dispatcher that he was driving drunk, and needed to be pulled over. The dispatcher, who did a fantastic job by the way, continually tried to get Michael to pull over, kept him talking, and directed a deputy to Michael's location. Fortunately, Michael was stopped before anyone got hurt. Michael first told the deputy he had only two beers (standard drunk answer). Then he changed it to three or four (slightly more accurate). He also mentioned that he had only slept four hours in the past four days. Oh, and he also said that he had swallowed meth earlier, instead of smoking it. The attached audio is Michael's call to 911 (edited for time), and it's quite entertaining. Please folks, let this be a lesson to you that DUI is bad-bad-bad, because unfortunately, Michael is having a hard time learning this lesson. He has a criminal history which includes a previous DUI, as well as aggravated battery, drug possession, disorderly conduct, resisting, and hit & run. The Polk County Sheriff's Office had thirty DUI arrests in the month of December. Special thanks to Michael Lester, for throwing himself under the bus for #30 (we love round numbers). At least Michael wasn't involved in a crash, and lived to see another day (and maybe he'll see this Facebook post too. Hi, Michael!). By the way, he was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, improper use of the center lane, and no seat belt – 4 charges total (maybe he likes even numbers). #PCSO #DontDUI #Hello911ImHammered #SomebodyGetThisGuySomeBandAids#HeMethedUpBad #Best911CallWeveHeardInAWhile
Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday, January 5, 2018
“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” officials wrote on the Polk County Sheriff’s office Facebook page.
“However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”
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