It’s been over a year since my last encounter with the law.
Last night I got stopped by the police as I drove out of a pub car park, and thus started my most recent encounter with the law…
The policeman explained he’d seen me pull out of the pub car park and wanted to breathalyze me. I knew I was OK, I’m not a drinker, but as I stepped into the back of the police car I suddenly started to get really paranoid. By the time I got the result I had convinced myself I was going to get banged up, where I would, “get raped in the showers by Mr Big who’s in with the warders” (quote from Rick Mayal in the The Young Ones). I was ready to confess to just about anything to get a lighter sentence… 🙂
In the UK, the breathalyzers have four lights that show the results:
And my result was… Zero!
Hardly surprising, but a relief anyway. So I’m not in prison and I still have a driving license. 🙂
Update: Based on one of the comments, I’d just like to clarify something. The only reason I was stopped was because I was leaving a pub car park in a car. In the UK, it’s perfectly normal to be given a Breathalyzer test if you are stopped by the police. They don’t usually bother making you perform a circus act to test balance etc. Just making sure people didn’t think I was driving erratically or failing to walk in a straight line. 🙂