Carl Webb and his wife Hazel accidentally drove 14 miles with a drunk man passed out on the trunk of their car on May 18 in Memphis, Tennessee (video below).
The couple was reportedly unaware of their unwanted passenger until a police officer stopped them on an interstate, notes WHBQ.
The man was curled up on the approximately 14 inches-wide trunk when Webb and his wife departed the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in the evening, Law Newz reports.
"There's no way to describe it," Webb said, according to WHBQ. "It's unbelievable."
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Webb recalled when the police officer pulled him over:
The officer came up and he said, "Mr. are you aware there's a body on your trunk?," and that did not register. He goes, "Mr. I'm not messing with you. There's a body on your trunk." So I got out. We walked around and sure enough there he was still hanging on, still unconscious, just lying there.
Webb recalled the cop woke the man up, and the man was so intoxicated that he began to stumble into traffic until the officer grabbed him.
The cop put the unidentified man into a police car.
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The Memphis Police Department told Law Newz that Officer Benjamin Huff was on Interstate 240 when he "observed a huge object that appeared to be a human being on the back of a black Ford Taurus that was going approximately 65 miles per hour."
The police also said that when the officer woke up the sleeping man, he "had no idea where he was and the last thing he remembered was being at Memphis in May."
The police later released the man.
The police added that Huff "prevented a tragedy that would have resulted in serious bodily injuries or could have easily been fatal."
Webb told WHBQ: "I hope [the drunk man] takes a good look at where he put himself and the hazard that he had open up to himself. It would've been death."
The story quickly caught on, and news stations across the country reported on it. Viewers shared their feelings about the driver on KERO's YouTube page.
"HE knew," one person commented. "How do you drive 14 miles w/o ever looking into the rear view mirror atleast once[?]"
"This motherf****er is not using his rear view mirror?" another questioned.
Another added: "He had to know he was on there.. if not he doesn't need to be driving."
"I agree there is no way he did not know," one person wrote. "He probably thought the guy would just fall off into the road as he drove. If he did not know he should not be allowed to have a drivers license. I never get in my car without checking my rear view mirror at least a few times or looking out my back window when [reversing]."