(FAIRBANKS, AK) 63-year-old Fairbanks resident Merrill Moses was reported to the Fairbanks police department on Wednesday night for operating a shopping cart while under the influence of alcohol after trying to drive the cart into the traffic in the Fred Meyers parking lot.Glad everyone involved was ok.
Police arrived at Fred Meyers to find an employee of Fred Meyers detaining the inebriated Moses by holding the handle bars of the motorized cart. It was reported that he was being held back for fear he would be injured by another vehicle. When police attempted field sobriety tests on Moses, he failed.
Police said he could not stand without assistance. A breathalyzer test showed an alcohol level well in excess of the .08 that is the legal limit for driving a motorized vehicle. Moses measured a .310 according to police.
Fred Meyer reported that this is not the first time that Moses has operated a cart in the store while under the influence and has attempted to run over store employees when he was contacted in the past...
It reminded me of a similar situation that I was dispatched to years ago when I worked patrol.
I arrived on scene at the mall, and a suspect tried to flee from me.
Fortunately, my courage and supreme training kicked-in and I was able to apprehend the driver after a short pursuit.
Here is a shot from that chase:
Maybe that is a scene from Paul Blart Mall Cop.
Come to think of it, on some days while policing, I sure felt like Officer Blart.
Happy Monday everyone.