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Woman calls in her DUI to 911 – stupid

November 5, 2009

Good, finally found someone dumber than the guy that drove the DUI chair into a parked car.  Her name is Mary Strey.  And this is her story.  The call came into the 911 dispatcher: “I don’t want to hurt anybody. I’m drunk.”   With that, Mary Strey, 49, of Granton, reported herself as a drunken driver about 3 miles northeast of Neilsville in central Wisconsin.  

Clark County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jim Backus said Monday that Strey’s call on Oct. 24 led deputies to cite her for misdemeanor drunken driving with a blood-alcohol level double the legal limit to drive. She makes her first court appearance Dec. 10.  

Backus said drunken drivers reporting themselves is rare (how about NEVER).   In the 911 call, Strey said she wanted to report a drunken driver and the dispatcher asked if she was behind the suspect vehicle.  “I am them,” Strey said.

Mary Strey DUI 911 call on herself

Mary Strey DUI 911 call on herself - "I am them"

 She then followed the dispatcher’s advice to pull over and turn on her flashers, telling him she had been “drinking all night long.”

Here is the entire transcript from the call:

Dispatcher: Clark County 911.

Mary M. Strey: Somebody’s really drunk, driving down Granton Road.

Dispatcher: OK, where at, on Granton Road?

Mary M. Strey: Ah, there’s only like six miles drive through Granton and Neillsville.

Dispatcher: Which way are they going?

Mary M. Strey: They are going, um.

Dispatcher: Toward Granton or going toward Neillsville?

Mary M. Strey: Towards Granton.

Dispatcher: OK, are you behind them, or?

Mary M. Strey: No, I am them.

Dispatcher: You am them?

Mary M. Strey: Yes, I am them?

Dispatcher: OK, so you want to call in and report that you’re driving drunk?

Mary M. Strey: Yes.

The dispatcher told Strey to pull over and wait for police. Officers said she failed the field sobriety test and was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated.

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