Drunk Driver Swears He Was Hit by Oncoming Traffic
But the only thing that hit this driver was the trunk of a tree.
Police received a call about 6:30 a.m. New Year's Day for a possible vehicle spinout at North Lake Drive and Bradley Road. When they arrived on the scene, they found a Mercury Sable perpendicular to the road with very severe front end damage, matching damage to a nearby tree. They also found a scared, upset and drunk 19-year-old Milwaukee man.
“On approach, I noted that the driver was speaking with somebody on his cell phone and that he was very upset, as he was crying and yelling,” Officer Daniel Ries of the Fox Point Police Department wrote in his report.
The vehicle was so severely damaged, the officer requested an ambulance to make sure the driver was not hurt. The driver, actually from the 9000 block of North 85th Street in Milwaukee, told police he was on his way home and got lost.
He continued to tell police he was driving north on North Lake Drive, when he was struck by another vehicle going southbound. After his car was struck, the vehicle did a U-turn and fled the scene, according to the man. The man denied having consumed any alcohol.
The 19-year-old could not provide any description of the vehicle that hit him.
Skid marks on the pavement showed a clear picture of the Sable sliding into the tree. A sign was also hit and flew 50 feet from the car. Police say there was no indication that the man's vehicle was hit by another car because there was no paint transfer, or markings that did not fit with the damaged tree. The man was transferred to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Ozaukee.
Firefighters who transported him to the hospital said they could smell alcochol on his breath, and that he had admitted to them that he had two drinks that night.
At the hospital, police said that they heard screaming. "I heard him yelling and cursing at a nurse as to why she had cut his pants," the officer said. "She advised him that she did not cut them, the EMT did earlier."
The driver was arrested for operating under the influence and has blood tests pending from the hospital. If they prove that he did have alcohol in his system, he will also receive a citation for underage drinking.