Road partially blocked last night (kind of long)
At nearly midnight, my son and I had to make a run to Wal-Mart for his wife, my daughter-in-law, who had a baby 2 weeks ago. They live out in the woods of Tenn, so lots of isolated back roads.
On our return, as we rounded a curve, the road was partially blocked by a Ford pickup askew in the road, partially in the weeds on the right, and hanging over the center on the left (about a 30 degree angle). No lights. Engine off.
He stopped, and remembering all the scenarios (1 in FL, where I hail from) of carjackings, I had him back up. It was a LONG way around to get back to his house. And, we weren't sure what was going on. I was scanning the area for any sign of movement the whole time we were out there.
We called out to see if there was anyone in the truck. No answer. After a few minutes, I got out, with my light, to get a plate number. Again, I called out. This time I got a response-unintelligible-from inside the cab of the pickup. I got close enough to get the plate, then had my son call it in. In the meantime, I am hearing someone inside the truck say something, but couldn't understand it at first. Eventually, I figured out he is probably saying, "Get the hell out of here." Then the door opened partially, a hand and arm came out for a moment (and my adrenaline spiked at that point, thinking the guy is coming out), then went back in, and the door closed. I called out, asking if he needed help and got an unintelligible response.
We were pretty sure at this point that the driver is either bombed or ill, most likely the first. Dispatch indicated that the SO is on the way.
In what was probably only 5 minutes, the first LEO arrived. He approached the truck carefully. He eventually talked the driver out of the pickup, had him stand alongside the truck (which he seemed to have to hold onto in order to not fall down), while patting him down.
The second SO car arrived in another few minutes. Eventually they cuffed the driver, led him to the back of the first unit, then returned to search the truck.
Turns out the driver was a "regular." According to the 2nd deputy, "This is not his first rodeo."
We ended up having to drive all the way around to the kids' house anyway, while they waited on the tow truck to take the guy's pickup.
My takeaways from this:
You never know when you are going to run into 'stuff.' My first reaction (because of reading too many threads?) was some kind of ambush. I feel a little silly about it, but only because nothing like that happened.
Always have a good light. It helped to get the plate, and to see if there was movement in the truck.
Call it in and let the professionals sort it out.
My son felt bad about calling it in when we found out the guy was drunk. My opinion is that he is driving down the road on which my granddaughter plays. I want him sober or not driving. Period. I choose to make sure he's off the road.