Woman tailed by suspicious truck, 1955



I can't find any more info on this story, but I'd be curious to know if the woman locked bumpers with the truck while it was empty or being driven (in the latter case, the driver would have bailed when he realized that she wasn't stopping). I'm guessing there was a truck driver originally, 'cause if the truck had been parked and empty its brakes would have probably been on, making it more difficult to pull.

Kansas City Times - Nov 17, 1955



Jonesboro, Ark., Nov. 16 — A woman drove into a service station last night and said to the attendant in a confidential whisper:
"I wish you would check that guy behind me; I think he's drunk."
Police said the "guy" behind was a driverless pickup truck, whose bumper was locked with the rear bumper of the woman's car.
She was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 05, 2015
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1950s





Comments
So, the 'hook' was in the last line of the article? Humor? Maybe in '55.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/05/15 at 10:21 AM
You don't see that happening much today. Most cars and trucks don't have "bumpers."
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/05/15 at 03:18 PM
Bumpers today aren't strong enough to pull anything much less the weight of the vehicle its attached to.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/05/15 at 07:02 PM
I suspect it was a Ford. A lot of people (me included) don't usually set the brakes when parking a stick shift -- just leave it in gear, and it shouldn't go anywhere. The gears in Ford transmissions were sloppy enough that if she backed into the truck hard, it could easily have slipped into neutral.
Posted by Phideaux in his own little world on 11/05/15 at 09:34 PM
@ Phideaux : Should isn't the same as will.

I had a Tempo and someone backed into it and it rolled all the way down the street and ended up in someones front yard. I've put the parking brake on ever since.
Posted by Laz on 11/05/15 at 10:21 PM
@Laz: Never had a problem with any of my many standard transmissions from 1939 Plymouth through my 1973 BMW 2002, and onto the 2005 Toyota.

@Phideaux: If you were parked on a hill did you have the front tire up against the curb???
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/06/15 at 12:15 AM
It was just a pickup truck, not a real truck. If the owner hadn't put it in gear, just applied the parking brake, the parking brakes would be easy to overcome. I mean, who hasn't driven around with their parking brakes on for awhile without noticing?
Posted by sudon't in Cape Fear on 11/06/15 at 02:20 PM
@Expat47 -- I always point the wheels towards the curb when parking on a hill. Don't know when/why I picked that up; it's just something I do.
Posted by Phideaux in his own little world on 11/06/15 at 08:53 PM
@Phideaux: You 'picked that up' because you were taught to actually DRIVE the car instead of just aiming it down the road between the lines like the drivers in the US seem to do these days.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/07/15 at 12:06 AM
Drunks always had an excuse. A car passes me in the opposite direction with a expired deer on the front hood. I turn and pursue it, while watching it's erratic operation. It finally stops and as the window is rolled down the smell of alcoholic beverages billows out. Woman driving: Officer my husband was too drunk to drive so I am. The deer Ms. how did it end up on the hood I ask? It was drunk and depressed so jumped in front of us to commit suicide. Who was driving? I ask. My husband she says, He then told me he was too drunk to drive. We decided to bring it to the vets in town, ( 30 miles away). Have you been drinking? Not much only a bottle of wine till we hit the deer, then I felt sad so had a couple of beers. I asked her to exit the car and she failed all the roadside sobriety tests in a most spectacular manner. Hubby got out of the car tried CPR on the deceased deer. My back up arrive and broke into uncontrolled laughter. He said, Gator you always get the weird ones. Both were arrested and went to jail for the weekend.
Posted by Gator Guy in The Great Swamp on 11/07/15 at 06:34 PM
Were you a city cop, a sheriff deputy or a state trooper? Just curious. You have my utmost respect thank you.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/07/15 at 07:34 PM
Patty,

Thank you for your kind words.

I served as a National Park Ranger for 30 years. A small number of us carried a full federal law enforcement commission to protect the parks and their mostly well behaved visitors from not so nice people intent on evil or illegal deeds or damage to the parks resources, other visitors or themselves. And yes, I spent a number of years scooting across the great swamp on airboats. I could never be so lucky again.

GG
Posted by Gator Guy in The Great Swamp on 11/07/15 at 07:59 PM
Very cool GG!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/07/15 at 09:04 PM
@GG
Yeah but what about the deer? Did it make it?
(kidding).
Posted by GFinKS in Near Oz, KS on 11/09/15 at 02:03 PM
GFinKS,

The deer became a meal for the other creatures of the night in the swamp. Once a car hit a very large wild hog that I figured was 300lbs, totaled the car. The driver was arrested on a outstanding City of Miami felony warrant so the Miami cop who came to pick him up, the tow truck driver and I came to an understanding that being a non-native, exotic animal, the injured hog could leave the park with the tow truck and what happened beyond the park boundary was no concern of mine. I suspect it became a main course at a couple of Bar-B-Que's that weekend.
Posted by Gator Guy in The Great Swamp on 11/09/15 at 08:11 PM
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