It was a late Friday afternoon when I was sent to a hit and run crash. When I arrived, I saw both drivers sitting in their cars. Two other officers were already on scene.
After I interviewed both drivers, the suspect was detained for the DUI investigation. While we waited the suspect said, “I called my boss and told him I was going to get booked.”
“You called your boss already?” I asked.
“Yeah. I told him I wasn’t going to be there on Monday.”
That was pretty funny because he made that call before I got there. I guess that pitcher of beer and the shot of whiskey he drank told him which way this was going to go.
I made small talk with him and learned he was arrested for DUI about five years ago. I asked, “Did you crash or were you stopped?”
I asked him where and when. It just happened to be on a Friday night , which was my normal work day so I asked, “Was I there?”
I asked this because every so often I run into past crash cusomters. Well, actually they run into someone else and then I show up.
He starting giving me details about the collision and asked me, “Do you remember?”
“No. I take a lot of crashes, so it has to be different for it to stick out.”
He squinted as he looked at my name bar and said, “You were there.” He kept looking at my name and said, “I have a report at home with your name on it.”
“We need to stop meeting by accident,” I replied. At least he laughed because saying that never gets old.
A little while later I found his name in our records. He was in two different crashes in my city. One was the DUI crash he was talking about, but it was handled by someone else. The second crash was last summer. He was a passenger in that one and guess who wrote it?
Yes, Badge415’s name was at the bottom of that report. What a small world.
With a population of 350,000 people, I still find it amazing how I run into past crash customers.
I should start handling out Badge415 frequent customer loyalty punch cards with the words, “After 3 crashes you buy me Starbucks.”
You can’t make this stuff up.