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Drunken driver parks behind sheriff's deputy

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MERRILL (WAOW) - A driver found himself under arrest after he drove by a Lincoln County deputy sheriff's parked car, turned around and pulled up behind the deputy, thinking he might need help.

It turns out the Good-Samaritan-to-be was drunk.

"It kind of shows what impairment can do to you and how it takes away your thought process," Lt. Tim Fischer said Monday. "Alcohol can make people do things they normally wouldn't do."

After failing a field sobriety test, the man told the deputy he was impaired and asked to be arrested, Fischer said.

The incident happened about 8 p.m. Saturday on County Road K just south of Irma, according to a sheriff's department report.

The deputy noted a strong odor of alcohol on the driver when he asked him why he had stopped behind the patrol car, Fischer said.

A preliminary breathalyzer test rated the driver's blood-alcohol level at 0.20 percent, far above the 0.08 percent limit to legally drive, Fischer said.

The driver did not resist arrest and was cited for first offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Fischer said.

Fischer declined to give the driver's name, age or the city where he was from, citing driver privacy protections.

The Lincoln County clerk of court's office said no traffic citations from Saturday had been filed with the office by Monday afternoon.

Fischer said he knows of at least one other case where an intoxicated driver basically took actions seeking arrest for the misbehavior.

"It doesn't happen very often," he said.

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