"Are you that drunk," the officer asks, "that you did not realize that your car was on fire and you were sitting in a burning car?"

With smoke pouring from under the hood of the Pontiac Bonneville, Officer Eric Hornbacher of the Grand Rapids, MI, police force had just helped the driver from his vehicle, incredulous that he was unaware of the potentially life-threatening situation.

According to Mlive.com, the police were summoned to the fiery sedan shortly after four in the morning, when neighbors raised the alarm about a vehicle that had been revving its engine for an hour. Apparently the driver, who was later arrested, had fallen asleep with his foot on the gas pedal, according to the report. The car was already on fire when the officer pulled him out, but it wasn't a minute or two after he had removed the driver that the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames.

"It is a good feeling knowing that he's okay," Hornbacher told Mlive, "Granted he went to jail that night, but at least he went somewhere."

Watch the crazy police dash-cam video and an interview with the officer after the jump.




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      Edward Ellsworth
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy has a serious drinking problem. It's not even about DECIDING to drink and drive; you can get so drunk that you have no idea where you are or what you're doing. Regular heavy drinking can give you such a high tolerance that you're unfortunately able to continue walking and talking and functioning on autopilot even as you're in a blackout, at blood-alcohol levels that would have most people out cold. I feel bad for this guy - I had similar sorts of ludicrous experiences (thankfully not driving) before I sobered up and joined AA. My heart goes out to all those still suffering and grappling with drinking problems.
        Alex Butti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward Ellsworth
        My gf is dealing with AA, and it's a long-road filled with struggles. It's definitely hard to witness that. I'm glad he's ok.
        xanadutu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward Ellsworth
        DAH ~~ He was not driving!!! What, are you TOO SOBER to read???
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Then why didn't you realize your car was on fire?" "uhhhh...... " Classic. On a side note, I've never seen anyone act as casual next to a car on fire as the officer did when he went back to check the car.
      Plummer, Joseph
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aha, now I get, it, cop pulls ya over and says, " Okay Mac, where's the fire..."
      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as i hate to say it... autonomous cars are inevitable due to people like this. the bottom few % of drivers will continue to ruin it for the rest of us.
        bhtooefr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
        This is why I'm a fan of creating a heavy quadricycle class of cars with a 1749 pound max weight limit (to match US three-wheeled motorcycle regulations), and then requiring near-CDL levels of licensing to drive a normal car. Then, the stupid people and learners are in lightweight cars that do less damage. And, lightweight cars would be readily available for those of us who want them.
        TelegramSam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
        I love driving, but not as much as I do. I for one can't wait for my autonomous car.
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          Your paradox has baffled me.
      Nancy SeeAccount
      • 3 Years Ago
      You have to be pretty drunk to not realize your in a burning vehicle..
      sknywlkr1
      • 3 Years Ago
      My truck was burning under my feet in New Mexico in 2008, and I didn't know it because I have no sense of smell. Ended up losing the truck, my travel trailer and everything I owned.
      Steve
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Honest, ocifer, I am not drunk! I just have a burning desire for alcohol".
      Setanta
      • 3 Years Ago
      watch "Planes,Trains and Automobiles"--John Candy and Steve Martin and see what happened to their rental car.
      putnamjoey
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm Larry; this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."
      harleydesigns
      • 3 Years Ago
      so, as I understand it, the idiot got drunk, passed out in his car while stepping on the gas. Essentially, he pretty much cooked his own car? oh, boy, I can't wait to hear him try to explain THIS to the insurance company...lol.. I would think they would have every reason to say "you did this deliberately, so we don't have to pay a dime". (....this guy isn't a taxi driver, btw, is he?...just askin...)
      Ron
      • 3 Years Ago
      My, Grand Rapids sure has been on AOL a lot this week! First the HIV infected dude supposedly having a LOT of sex in northern Kent County and now this little tidbit. I thought that Muskegon County had its share of nut cases! I'll stay down here in the `Zoo, we've got enough crazies here but not weird enough to make the news here.
      mhsden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing he didnt burp he could have gone KA-BOOM !
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