the above photo is the result of my ride home from the tapestry small group study meeting i’m a part of at emy j’s on monday nights. after the study i stopped by belt’s to bring home some ice cream flurries for the family and then hit the road for the 6 mile journey home. about 2 miles from my house the guy driving slightly ahead of me in the left lane (i was in the right) turned on his blinker to turn left, slowed down, missed his turn and suddenly swerved into the right lane with me. it really wasn’t much of an accident and i felt pretty good about the whole thing because he was saying it was his fault and his girlfriend who he was driving to pick up and had been standing there saw the whole thing, and also freely admitted that the whole thing was his fault. so we both made sure everyone was okay, called the cops, and waited for the plover police to show up. a state trooper was there in about 2 minutes (not sure why a trooper showed up for a plover accident) and he quickly got us both to filling out the needed paperwork. i finished mine and started to walk over to the officer and exchange insurance and such with the other driver. when i got over there the trooper was giving the guy a field sobriety test and asked me to head back over to my car.
i’ve never seen an owi accident handled before but apparently it is very different from a normal accident. once i handed my form to the officer he told me i wouldn’t have a citation from the accident (i.e. it was the other guy’s fault) and that he would not be able to stay and help me change my tire because he was having to take the other driver into custody. the trooper told me that all the information i needed, including their insurance, would be on the accident report in a day or two but that he needed to take the gentleman in now. i don’t have his name, insurance or anything. it all felt pretty weird to me but when i called our insurance company they said it was all good.
the thing is i ended up trying to make the girlfriend (a lady probably 10 years older than me) feel better about the situation. it was all pretty rough on her. i know the guy was above the legal limit only because he was arrested and i know and believe that he shouldn’t have been driving while above the limit. still i didn’t think he was driving that bad before he made that sudden swerve (which obviously would be classified as a poor decision and therefore is why you shouldn’t drive when you’ve been drinking). according to the girlfriend the guy had gone for a ride on his bike (because we’ve had gorgeous weather), had a few drinks, and then got an unexpected call from the girlfriend saying she had finished work earlier than planned and needed him to pick her up. he had not planned on driving. he should have said he couldn’t pick her up because of the drinks. yet i’m sure he thought he was close to being under the legal limit and therefore thought he could chance it. what harm would come from it?
it was a small choice and i feel real sorry for the guy who hit me tonight. more than anything else i’m real thankful that neither one of us was hurt.
apparently wisconsin has more owi’s than any other state in the nation. you know something is up when one happens on a monday night at 8:30 p.m.
anyway i’m apparently carless for a few days. even though the damage is slight (look at the above photo) when i went to change the flat tire i discovered that thanks to the accident my flat tire was now stuck on the braking mechanism. therefore, i’m not able to remove the tire from the wheelbase in order to put the spare on. i’ll have to wait for the insurance company to find out what else is wrong with it.