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Drunk man calls police on himself while driving against traffic

By Mason White 4:50 AM January 7, 2018
Michael Lester

Police in Florida are asking the public to follow in the footsteps of a criminal who called police on himself.

“If we can get everyone who is committing crimes to turn themselves in, we would appreciate that because it would save time and labor cost,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a recording of the 911 call made by 39-year-old Michael Lester of Winter Haven, who reported himself for driving drunk.

Lester called 911 and told the dispatcher that he was driving drunk and needed to be pulled over.

The dispatcher continually tried to get Lester to pull over. The dispatcher kept him talking and directed a deputy to Lester’s location.

At one point, Lester told the dispatcher that he was driving on the wrong side of the road. Fortunately, Lester was stopped before anyone got hurt.

Lester told the deputy that he had three or four beers. He also mentioned that he had only slept four hours in the past four days.

He then mentioned to the officer that he had swallowed meth earlier instead of smoking it.

Lester has a criminal history, which includes a previous DUI as well as aggravated battery, drug possession, disorderly conduct, resisting, and hit and run.

Lester was arrested for DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, improper use of the center lane, and no seat belt.