If your conversation with a cop includes a slurred phrase that begins, “Seriously, Officer,” you can bet it won’t end any better than it started.
That’s the lesson a man learned recently after finishing up an afternoon of wine drinking at the popular Heretic on Cheshire Bridge Road. Long known for its late-night dancing and general gayness, who knew the club that offers so much fun after dark is the place to be at 3 in the afternoon?
Well, according to the driver of a gold Nissan, it’s his favorite daylight watering hole. In addition to his questionable choice of knocking back wine in the early afternoon — the guy had been sober for 18 months — the man made another questionable decision when he got behind the wheel of his Nissan Murano, an SUV with a price tag that can top $40,000 (photo).
What did he do? At a stoplight on Cheshire not far from the bar, he smacked into the rear end of a gold car. Allegedly, as Kathy Griffin would say.
We’ll let the Blotter Diva from Creative Loafing take it from here:
The accident caused severe damage, leaving the gold car undriveable. The man allegedly backed up his Nissan, removed his own bumper, and drove away.
The driver of the gold car wrote down the Nissan’s tag number and called police. An officer radioed a lookout for a Nissan Murano without a front bumper. A few minutes later, another officer spotted the Nissan stalled on I-75/85 at the 17th Street exit ramp. The driver was still in the car.
Police asked the man whether he had been drinking. “He said he had been drinking earlier but had only two glasses of wine at the Heretic,” an officer wrote. “[His] words were slurred and he smelled strongly of alcohol. He had no problems walking, but he did not make a lot of sense and kept repeating himself, saying, ‘Seriously, Officer, I just want to ask you something.’ He never did ask me anything.”
The man agreed to take a blood test for alcohol and drugs. An officer wrote, “[The man] was then transported to Grady [Memorial] Hospital and on the way he kept rambling incoherently to himself. Saying that he never should have gotten out of AA and that his father raised him to be better than this, and that he had been sober 18 months before today.”