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04. Driver Loses Mabel, Finds Jail
A fifteen-year-old boy was injured in a car
when the minivan he was traveling in was
by a pickup truck at an intersection. The
was taken to a nearby hospital. The paramedics
that it appeared that the boy had nothing
serious than a broken left leg, but that
injuries were always a possibility. The boy was
and alert. His mother, who was driving, was
. She said that the truck appeared out of
, and she thought she was going to die.
turned the steering wheel sharply to the left,
the truck hit her minivan on the passenger
The driver of the truck was a 50-year-old
who was unemployed and apparently had been drinking—police
18 empty beer cans inside the truck. The
denied drinking, but he failed the police test
sobriety. When asked to touch his nose with
arms outstretched and eyes closed, he was unable
touch any part of his head.
asked the police if they knew where “Mabel”
as he was put into the back seat
the police vehicle. The police asked him if
was his wife. He said, “She’s my dog,
dog! Where’s my baby?” A dog with a
, but no identification, was found minutes later, half
block away. The man was taken to the
jail and booked on suspicion of driving while
and on causing an accident.