“234, we just got rear ended,” said an officer on the radio.
He gave his location and advised there were no injuries. I grabbed the microphone and said, “729 en route.”
When I arrived, I saw both vehicles in the southbound #2 lane at the intersection. The officer told me they were stopped for a red light when they were hit from behind.
He also told me the SUV’s driver was unlicensed. I shook my head as I thought about the two times my patrol cars were hit by unlicensed drivers.
I walked up to the woman, who was still in the driver seat, and asked her to step out of the car so we could talk on the sidewalk.
“You want me to drive over there?” She asked.
“No, you don’t have a license. Come out and we’ll talk on the sidewalk.”
“I can drive over there,” she said as she pointed to the right.
I was pretty sure she’d already done enough driving for tonight. After she exited the car we walked to the sidewalk. Once we were safe on the sidewalk the woman said, “I have a clean record.”
Well, that made me feel better…..
During the interview I learned she applied for a driver’s license and failed the written test. When I heard that, I almost pointed to the cars and said, “You failed the driving test too,” but I held my tongue.
When the interview was over, I gave the driver a card with the report number on it and said her car was getting impounded. She responded by asking if she could keep the car.
Keep the car? Really?
Let me get this straight. She was unlicensed, failed her test, crashed into a police car and now she wanted to keep the car???
Hum, let me think about it…… No.