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From the Truth is Stranger than Fiction Files

Postby Tim » Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:15 pm

"In most of the Canadian Provinces there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when the temperatures drop to the single digits or below.

One morning in March, 2004, about 3 am, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Bill Wisen was awakened to respond to such a call of a car off the shoulder of the Trans Canada highway outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Constable Wisen located the car still running, stuck in deep snow alongside the highway.

Pulling in behind it with his emergency lights on, Constable Wisen walked to the driver’s door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel and a near-empty bottle of vodka in the seat.

He tapped on the window and the driver woke up. Seeing the rotating lights in his rear view mirror and the RCMP Constable standing next to his care, the man panicked, and he jerked the gearshift into drive and hit the gas. The car’s speedometer was showing 20-30-40 then 50 kph, but it was still stuck in the snow.

Constable Wisen, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding but still stationary car. The driver was totally freaked thinking the officer was actually keeping up with him. This went on for about 20 seconds, when Constable Wisen yelled at the man to “pull over.â€

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