Drunk driver calls police on himself

Michael Lester was charged with a DUI after he called the police to report his own drunk driving.
Michael Lester was charged with a DUI after he reported his own drunk driving. Photo credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office

A Florida man amused local authorities on New Year's Eve when he called to report his own drunk driving.

Michael Lester of Polk County called 911 on December 31, 2017, and told the operator he needed to be pulled over but was "too drunk" to identify his location.

He told her he had been "driving around, trying to get pulled over" and said he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

When the operator instructed him to pull over to wait for the police, Lester complied by parking his truck in the middle of the road. He was arrested a short time later. 

While Lester initially claimed to have only drunk two beers before driving, he later admitted to drinking twice that amount. He also said he had recently taken methamphetamine, swallowing it rather than smoking it, and was severely sleep-deprived.

In a Facebook post, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said Lester's criminal record included a previous conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), a hit-and-run, aggravated battery and drug possession.

As well as being charged with a DUI, Lester was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, using the centre lane improperly and not wearing a seatbelt.

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