In most of the United States there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when temperatures drop to single digits or below.
About 3 AM one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper Allan Nixon (#658) responded to a call that there was a car off the shoulder of the road outside Great Falls, Montana. He located the car, stuck in deep snow and with the engine still running.
Pulling in behind the car with his emergency lights on, the trooper walked to the driver’s door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel with a nearly empty vodka bottle on the seat beside him.
The driver woke up with a start when the trooper tapped on the window. Seeing the rotating lights in his rearview mirror, and the state trooper standing next to his car, the man panicked and jerked the gear-shift into ‘drive’ and hit the gas.
The car’s speedometer was showing 20-30-40-50-60, then 70 MPH, but it was still stuck in the snow, wheels spinning.
Trooper Nixon, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding (but stationary) car. The driver was totally freaking out, thinking the trooper was actually keeping up with him. This goes on for about 30 seconds, then the trooper yells, “PULL OVER!”
The man nodded, turned his wheel and stopped the engine. Needless to say, the man from North Dakota was arrested and is probably still shaking his head over the state trooper in Montana who could run 70 miles per hour.
Who says troopers don’t have a sense of humor?