People sometimes say the funniest things at traffic collisions. That was the case one night years ago when I was sent to an injury collision where a Chevy Tahoe rolled down an embankment.
When I pulled up, there was a woman already in the ambulance with a broken nose. There were a couple of passengers with minor injuries standing with officers, who were writing their information down. The driver, a male in his 20s, was with another officer. Someone came up to me and said, “He’s HBD,” meaning he had been drinking.
I walked down the sidewalk and looked over the edge to where the vehicle was. The Tahoe had rolled down the hill a couple of times and came to rest on its roof in the playground area of a daycare center. There was a crushed jungle gym underneath it that now resembled a pancake. At least the daycare closed at the time.
I walked up to the driver and asked, “What happened?”
He said, “I was turning and lost control. I hit the curb and we rolled over.”
I could tell he had been drinking and asked, “How many beers did you have tonight?”
“Two? I said with a raised eyebrow. “Come on man. I can smell it on you from over here?”
The driver pointed to his passengers and said, “It’s because their beer spilled on me when we crashed.”
It’s one of the best DUI remarks ever.