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Suspected drunk driver on Nebraska highway accidentally called 911 on himself, video shows

ByZoe Sottile, CNN Wire

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 3:11 p.m.

A suspected drunk driver accidentally called Nebraska law enforcement on himself, leading to his arrest.

The man called 911 to report another driver who he believed was driving on the wrong side of the highway, according to a Facebook post from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office released video of the March incident Thursday along with the audio of the driver’s 911 call.

When authorities arrived, it became clear that the caller himself was driving on the wrong side of the road – and that he was intoxicated.

“I’m on Interstate 77 northbound and there’s someone on the wrong side of the road,” the driver said in a recording of the 911 call. He added that the other driver “almost ran me off the road”.

“It was appalling,” he said. “It was a lot.”

The video then shows the unidentified driver being pulled over by a police officer.

“Do you know why I stopped you?” asks the officer.

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“Yes, because I was on the wrong side of the road,” admits the driver.

When asked if there was a reason he was driving on the wrong side, he said he “must have missed an exit”. The driver also confirmed it was the same person who had previously called 911.

The driver had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit, according to the sheriff’s office. “Fortunately, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to stop this driver before anyone was seriously injured,” a Facebook post read.

The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

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