Wreck on Lincoln Road
Just after 8:00 pm last Thursday night, two Walmart employees were walking to their vehicles when they saw a small black truck drive into the deep ditch that runs between Lincoln Road and the store parking lot. The women quickly called 911 and the scene was soon swarmed by police, EMTs and firefighters.
The driver of the truck, Vernon Turner, 62, lay against the passenger door of the vehicle. The angle at which the truck sat was so severe, that Turner could not crawl out of either window. Sitting beside Turner was his faithful companion, a small dog named ‘Trip’.
It was immediately evident that Turner had been drinking. He admitted as much, saying, “I just had one drink. I stopped at the store for a fresh bottle and haven’t even opened it yet. You can look under the seat and see.”
Responders spoke briefly with Turner to determine if he was hurt. The man said that his back and leg hurt, but he could get out if they helped him. ‘Trip’ was lifted out by firefighters and placed in the care of CPD Officer Amanda Burrell. She used a leash that was found in the truck to control the animal.
Turner was assisted (feet first) out through the passenger window. Once out, he howled that his leg hurt. He was helped (on his hands and knees) to the top of the ditch so that he could be seen to. Turner said that he was hurt, but refused an ambulance. He told responders, “Man, I’m always in the hospital. What’s it gonna help?”
‘Trip’ was brought over to Turner to help calm the fidgety canine. Like a forlorn, aging Huck Finn, Vernon Turner sat barefoot on the grassy hill with his dog. He pet her and talked to her, saying, “I’m sorry girl. I’m sorry. You’re gonna have to go with the officer now.”
Turner was then placed under arrest and charged with Driving Under the Influence and No Driver’s License. [A background check also showed that Turner had a previous conviction for DUI. – JD] His loyal pup barked as the handcuffs clicked into place.
As Turner was transported to the LCADC, the leash used to contain ‘Trip’ broke and the dog bolted away from the officers. The officers conducted an extensive search for the dog, but were unable to catch it.
The Columbus Packet has been informed that ‘Trip’ is currently residing at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.