Hudson, MA- A Massachusetts man who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel attempted to evade a DUI arrest by climbing 30 feet into a tree, telling officers he is an owl. Guess he foolishly forgot owls don’t talk.
Troy Prockett, 37, of Hudson, was driving erratically when he was spotted by a police officer. Just moments after Prockett caught the eye of the officer he careened across the roadway causing several drivers to slam on their brakes. He didn’t get far before he crashed his car into a snow bank. Prockett then took off on foot, jumping over a guard rail and sprinting into the darkened woods.
According to the police report, the officer, State Trooper Michael J. McCammon, found Prockett’s wallet in his car and it reeked of booze.
Numerous police with the help of a tracking dog began their search for the Prockett in the nearby woods. After about an hour of searching in single digit temperatures and following the Prockett’s footprints left in the snow, police located him hiding 30 feet in a tree.
Police tried to get Prockett to surrender and come down from the tree, but he refused and instead asked officers if they had caught the drunken driver. He was informed they only followed once set of prints, but he claimed in very slurred speech that the drunken driver carried him up the tree on his back, according to the Huffington Post.
Prockett continued his vigil, in the tree rambling on about being an owl and telling officers he was “a good guy.” He continued to taunt officers by climbing further up the tree and shaking snow from the branches, exclaiming “Look, it’s snowing,” the report says. He apparently though the delight of the falling snow would compel officers to give up their pursuit.
Police eventually had to call a bucket truck and after cutting some limbs, police were able to get Prockett into custody. He eventually admitted that he fled because he has two previous DUI charges.
“Soooooo, I just decided to go for a little run,” police quoted the man as saying in the report.
He was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and managed to rack up other charges for fleeing police, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Prockett only spent a few hours in jail and was released.
Prockett refused a breathalyzer so he’s going to have his driver’s license revoked for five years.
We know DUIs are no laughing matter, but sometimes it’s hard not to laugh at the lengths people will go to evade a DUI arrest, usually to no avail. Fleeing the police only makes matters worse and can lead to additional charges. The best way avoid a DUI conviction is to hire a Tulsa criminal defense attorney, not run from police.
DUI offenders who are facing second or third charges are in dire need of an accomplished DUI attorney, who can help a person negate some of the consequences of repeat drunken driving charges.