Friday, April 16, 2010

The night the lights went out in Wilmington!

So...the strangest thing happened.....
I have always enjoyed staying at Tim's brother's place in Wilmington. A nice comfortable house that looks out over the inland waterway. The house sits off from the road. Spacious deck on the back of the house. A small back yard that has a drop off of about 4 feet that is a swampy area until you get to waterway. The pier is long and has a nice sitting area and there is the boat dock.
Very relaxing! Well......usually!
It's 11:30 at night and we are getting ready for bed. There is a loud thump/pop! Made me think of the Christmas tale "I heard such a clatter, I jumped to my feet to see what was the matter!" Tim's response was "It's upstairs. I heard it last night." Our friends that were upstairs heard it. They thought it was us in the garage. Curious minds (mine) wanted to know. I walk into the dining area and look up at the ceiling in wonder. In the corner of my eye, I see a reflection in the glass doors. I head that direction and it appears that there is someone in the back yard. I'm a little freaked out because why would there be someone in the backyard? Are they burglars? I rush to get Tim. I shout that there is someone in the back yard. I run back to the dining room. I then venture out onto the deck and what do I see? But a car! Yes, in the back yard. There is no drive way or walk way back there. What in the world? worse...there is a person passed out on the driver's side. I enjoyed a glass of wine earlier in the evening. I rarely consume so I'm wondering if I'm seeing things! I run back to find my husband in the same position he was in when I hollered the first go around. He's in the bathroom reading the paper. When I share that not only is there a person, but a car in the backyard! and the driver is unresponsive! He did finally look up with curiosity. Now to a nurse, unresponsive is not a good thing. I then race to the front door and yell at my friend to come help! She is brushing her teeth with tooth paste all over her face. She thinks I'm messing with her and joking! What is it with my hubby and friends?
I run around the side of the house and then suddenly it occurs to me that someone might be on drugs or they might have a gun! Why else wouldn't I be thinking wild things! There was a car in the back yard! I walk cautiously to the driver side of the car. Tap on the window. She gently stirs. I slowly open the door while placing my hand on her to keep her falling out the door. And then she woke up.....Uh oh! Stubborn and determined was this young drunk lady. out of the car, down on the ground. Up on her feet, back to the car. Attempted to start the car but I quickly reached in the grab the keys....Wrong!! A quick grab of hair from the back of my head. She shared a few choice words and she was going to whip my white *%*@. I go running to throw the keys up to Tim who is up on the deck watching the excitement while talking to 911. Although I sped like lightening fearful for my life, I was saved by her stumble to the ground, then a tumble down the hill, then upright to share a few choice comments again. By this time, my husband has come to the rescue and allows me to talk to 911. I go inside to get her a blanket because what tiny little bit she was wearing made me cold! Eventually, what seemed like forever, the fire truck, the EMS, two trooper cars and a Sherriff's deputy drove up. She shared with the cops that she was partying with us! I guess you could call it that! The hand cuffs were pretty bracelets but she decided they didn't fit with her attire and wingled out of them. They were quick to fit them to her size next go around. Soon thereafter, she took a nap....in the front seat of the police car. What a night!

The neighbors on both sides never stirred. No one came outside to "see what was the matter". It appears she had driven down the drive next door. Kept driving straight, amazingly didn't hit any of the cars , but instead smashed into the air conditioning unit. She couldn't go very far, so she steered around it to find the covering of the pump house in her way.....to the 4 foot drop off into the ocean. She swirved to the right and wa la! Ends up in their back yard. Fortunately she stopped and turned off the car. Again..so very bizarre. Come to find out, she had a previous DWI. I finally understand what MADD represents! Although my children were never in jeopardy, they could have been. Not to mention the empty car seat that was in her backseat! I pray she gets help!

1 comment:

Melanie said...

OMG! That is one exciting post! I'm glad you weren't seriously hurt, I don't think I'd be brave enough to go out there. I would have just called the police. That is awful that she even tried to drive away in that condition!

That was one wild post. I will have to twitter it.