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Cody Schwoch calls 911 to report self as drunk driver

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By Anna Carrera

Lincoln County, WI (WAOW/CNN) - A man called 911 to report a drunk driver on the road.

Not so unusual, except he was the driver in question.

"I want to basically turn myself in," the man who called 911 said.

Lincoln County 911 operators received an unexpected call Sunday night.

A man called to say there was an impaired driver on the road, but the man, 21-year-old Cody Schwoch, was calling to report himself.

"I've been driving. I've been drinking. I just kind of want to turn myself in," said Schwoch.

"OK, were you just driving now," said the 911 operator.

"Well, no, I just parked myself but I've been trying to figure out how to call the police department and not 911," said Schwoch.

Authorities said even though the call was unusual, it's not unheard of.

"I know we had one instance maybe a year ago when a female caller called herself in but it certainly doesn't happen a lot," said Lieutenant Tom Fischer with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Lieutenant Fischer says Schwoch even called twice that night, once a little before 9 p.m., and then again a little later.

"He called back and was still trying to get ahold of the Merrill Police Department and then our dispatcher stayed on the line with him until we were able to get police officers on scene with him," said Lieutenant Fischer.

"You're coming over the bridge right now," asked the 911 operator.

"Yup. And I'm coming up to Holiday gas station and that's where I'm going to park and that's where I'm going to stay," said Schwoch.

No one was hurt, but officers said it's a good warning for all drivers.

"I don't care if you're 21 or 71, people that are drinking oftentimes think they didn't have too much to prohibit me from driving and they drive and that's how they get arrested. That's how car crashes happen," said Lieutenant Fischer.

Police cited Schwoch for driving while intoxicated.


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