Friday, November 21, 2008

Cops mistake motorist's phone for gun; close road

WEATHERFORD — Part of an interstate was shut down briefly Thursday morning after authorities responded to reports of a motorist holding a gun to his head — but it was actually a cell phone.

A driver had noticed a car on the side of Interstate 20 west of Fort Worth and thought the man inside had a gun to his head, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. An officer who was sent there also thought the man had a gun, Fowler said.

A tactical force of the Parker County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies responded and determined that the man's sport utility vehicle had broken down and that he was holding a cell phone.

Fowler said authorities also reached the man's relatives and were able to call him on his cell phone. The SUV was loaded onto a trailer and the man was allowed to leave, Fowler said.

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 20 was shut down for nearly an hour, and reminiscent of several other recent mis-identifications, including a road kill that was thought to be a working thermonuclear device, a broken deer antler that closely resembled a Samurai sword possibly left by killer ninjas intent upon kidnapping lefthanded drivers of Volkswagen Beetles, and a flattened pumpkin that bore an altogether uncanny likeness to that pod from the science fiction movie Alien.

"Better to be safe than sorry," Sheriff Fowler averred.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the original story.

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