Florida Man Calls 911 on Himself For Drunk Driving

 

Polk County Sheriff's officials found themselves with an unusual 911 call they thought people should hear. 

Authorities released audio of a 911 call from a Winter Haven, Florida man named Michael Lester who called emergency dispatchers on New Year's Eve to report himself for drunk-driving. 

When the dispatcher asked Lester where he was, he admits, "I'm too drunk. I don't know where I'm at." 

The dispatcher, who was praised for her quick thinking, decided to keep the tipsy man talking while she directed officers to his location. "Where have you been all night?" she asks.

"I don't know, driving around, trying to get pulled over actually," he said. 

The 911 operator repeatedly tells the Winter Haven man to pull over and park his Ford truck, and wait for officers to find him. 

"Now, I'm driving on the wrong side of the road," Lester says, as the horn from another car passing him can he heard blaring. 

"Sir," the operator says. "Officers are looking for you right now, I need you to pull over right now."

"I am pulled over," Lester says. "You don't need to tell me what to do." 

Eventually, sheriff's deputies caught up with Lester who admitted to drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamines. He also told deputies that he'd barely slept for the last few days. 

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Lester had an extensive criminal background that included DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run. 

For this incident, Lester was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, improper use of the center lane, and no sea belt as well as DUI. 

Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office

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