So, I'm sitting in my home office, and I hear this loud "CRUNCH" that sounded like someone slammed a door in my house. Out the back window, I can see all the power and phone lines shaking about. This can only mean one thing -- someone crashed into the telephone pole out in front of my house (across the street -- this has happened before).
I look out the front window, and a mini-van smashed into the pole -- the airbag went off, and the car was adjacent to the pole. The pole seemed intact. I watched as the driver got out, was quite a bit disoriented. About a minute later, he regainded his senses, and took out what looked like one of those quart bottles in a paper bag, and went behind his car.. I didn't see exactly what he did with it, but it disapeared -- he either ditched it in the bushes or inside his car. I called the local police to report the accident. They arrived in a few minutes along with the EMTs and FD. At this point, he took out some sunglasses and a hat, sat down, and started waiting (he did make one phone call, but I don't know where).
As the EMTs checked him over, the police started their thing directing traffic,etc. All the drama was over, so I went back to work. Then I heard the tow truck, so I peeked back out, and the driver was nowhere to be seen (he had been taken to the hospital).
So I went out to talk to the police. I told them what I saw, and they really wanted to know if I actually saw him in the driver's seat, which I did. I told them about the bottle/bag, and they told me they already knew he was drinking, and I explained in detail what I saw. While I wasn't crazy about it, he took my name, address and birthday down, and said it would be part of the official police report, but my details may or may not come up in court. He thanked me for my information, and I went back inside. I watched as they looked behind the bushes, and found the bag/bottle.
So at this point, I'm glad I reported what I saw, as ALL drunk drivers should be properly punished. This guy is lucky he didn't kill or injure anyone else. But I'm now afraid of personal retaliation if my testimony really nails this guy (who knows if it's his first offense or not). So, I have no doubt I did the right thing, but how afraid should I be of retaliation?
By the way, the police found a container of Four Loko Watermellon
in the bag.