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Lost In Caledonia, Man Arrested For Drunken Driving

Directions are a hard thing to figure out when police say you've had too much to drink, but at least this 20-year-old guy fessed up.

If only 4 Mile Road were open, one allegedly inebriated fellow may not have gotten lost at 1:09 a.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Santa Fe Trail.

But it was closed, and the Caledonia police arrested a 20-year-old Caledonia man for operating a motor vehicle without a driving instructor, operating without a license, drunken driving, and having a prohibited blood-alcohol level.

According to a report by the Caledonia Police Department:

The man was driving a 1992 Buick Century south when he stopped at a stop sign for North Green Bay Road. The officer believed the driver was under the age of 18 and followed the car as it traveled onto Three Mile Road, then south onto Wyoming Way, and then finally on to Santa Fe Trail. The man backed into the driveway and the officer pulled in front of the car with his headlights beaming into the car.

Waiting for about 30 seconds, the occupants stared at the police officer when the driver finally got out of the car, walked up to the officer, and said: “I’m sorry, I have been drinking and I don’t have a license. I’m too drunk to drive.”

The officer noted that he could smell alcohol coming from the man “even though a strong wind was blowing.” As the man spoke, he slurred his words and staggered as he walked, according to the report.

The man told the officer that he was trying to get home after he went to the Speedway gas station located at 4860 Douglas Ave. But he couldn’t remember his address after having lived at the house for two months. He lived on North Green Bay Road and had taken his girlfriend’s car without her permission.

The officer arrested the man for drunken driving after he failed to pass a field sobriety test. His blood-alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit.

The officer also cited a 17-year-old boy, who a passenger in the car, for being out after curfew.

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