Montana State Trooper Chases down Drunk Driver


By Brendan Moore


I cannot resist reprinting this as it was sent to me by a reader today who, of course, swore the trooper was a friend of a friend of his uncle’s and it really happened. I have seen this knocking around on the internet since 2004, and I’ve seen the location listed as various cities in Indiana, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Now here it is with the location listed as Montana. I’ve also had it sent to me as a JPG or PDF file that looks like a photocopy of a newspaper article, but there is never any identifying header on the article. I’ve also seen it reprinted on police officer blogs and/or websites, usually with a disclaimer stating that this cannot be verified.

I’m reasonably certain this tale is an urban myth, but it’s still funny.

Here is the story:

“In most of the United States, there is a policy of checking on any stalled vehicle on the highway when the temperatures drop to single digits or below. About 3 a.m., one very cold morning, Montana State Trooper Allan Nixon #658 responded to a call there was a car off the shoulder of the road outside Great Falls, Montana. He located the car, with North Dakota plates, stuck in deep snow, and with the engine still running. Pulling in behind the car with his emergency lights on, the trooper walked to the driver’s door to find an older man passed out behind the wheel with a nearly empty vodka bottle on the seat beside him.

The driver came awake when the trooper tapped on the window. Seeing the rotating lights in his rearview mirror, and the State Trooper standing next to his car, the man panicked. He jerked the gearshift into ”drive” and hit the gas. The car’s speedometer was showing 20-30-40 and then 50 mph, but it was still stuck in the snow, wheels spinning.

Trooper Nixon, having a sense of humor, began running in place next to the speeding (but stationary) car. The driver was totally freaked, thinking the trooper was actually keeping up with him. This goes on for about 30 seconds, then the trooper yelled, “Pull over!”The man nodded, turned his wheel, and stopped the engine.

Needless to say, the man from North Dakota was arrested, and is probably still shaking his head over the State Trooper in Montana who could run 50 miles per hour.

Who says troopers don’t have a sense of humor?”

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at

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  1. You guys are so serrious and so professional I’m surprised to see this on here, but I like it!

  2. File under “auto-related shaggy dog story”. I have seen this before, too, with the story taking place in Indiana. It just won’t die.

  3. Greetings all:
    First– I’m an “ex” Michigan State Police Trooper. While there are many “skeptics”,( and should be),, I got’ta tell you that I was involved in a situation that was almost a “carpon copy”, of this. It can happen, it did happen!!!! I know at least once, ’cause I was there ! To me !!! Location: North of Brighton MI on US 23 SB) And have no doubt that fellow “cops”, have a sence of humor——-how else could you make through a day/night . Every once in a while I start telling “war stories”,, and this is one of them. Funny !!!!
    rpr EX-MSP Trooper—Michigan

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