“Stupid”: Alleged drunk driver accidentally calls the police after panicking on the highway, as emergency call reveals

LANCASTER COUNTY, Neb. (NEXSTAR) — A suspected drunk driver was arrested in Nebraska earlier this year after accidentally calling the police to report his own “stupid” behavior, new video from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office shows.

The driver dialed 911 while driving on US 77 in Lancaster County in March of this year was heard telling the 911 operator.

“I’m on Highway 77 going north, and then someone’s on the wrong side of the road,” he told the operator.

“He had his highlights on, man. He almost pulled me off the road,” added the driver.

The man repeated his claim, insisting the truck was traveling south on the north side of the freeway.

“That was awesome. That was quite a lot,” said the driver.

Footage released by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department shows a deputy in a squad car trying to catch up with the driver after the 911 call.

After a traffic stop, the officer asked if the driver knew why he was stopped, according to body camera footage shared with Facebook.

“Yes, because I was on the wrong side of the road,” said the driver. “I must have missed an exit.”

Later, the deputy asks the driver if he is the same motorist who called to report a truck going southbound in the north lane.

“Yes, because I thought someone was on the wrong side of the road, bro,” the driver admitted.

“It turns out it was you,” the deputy said.

“Yes. Like a fool [expletive]’ the driver replied.

The sheriff’s office wrote in a screen message that officers ultimately determined that the driver’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%. No one was injured, the department added.

A representative from the bureau was not immediately available to provide further details on the driver’s arrest.

However, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office expressed hope that the wild but “true story” would serve as a reminder to drive sober over the bank holiday weekend.

“Additional officers will be on patrol during Labor Day weekend,” the bureau’s Facebook post concludes.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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