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Kudos: Thank you for helping with unexpected accident

As Christmas Eve approached, my wife and I received an unexpected and startling visitor: not a over-stuffed jolly man sporting red felt and white fuzz, but a drunk-driver careening first into our mailbox and secondly into my wife’s car, which was parked in our driveway. After colliding with our vehicle, the driver proceeded to back up and speed off down our block to his ultimate destination, a tree.

Despite this unwelcome addition to our holiday activities, I am very pleased to report that the local community members who came to our aid were really fantastic and much more in keeping with the holiday spirit than our initial visitor who probably had kept with various holiday spirits.

Officers Cabral, Weber, Williams, Lewis, and others responded almost immediately and informed us that the offending visitor was in custody.

One officer waited patiently while my wife and I, still dazed from the strange sight of a one-car accident in our driveway, fumbled for our insurance and registration. They answered our questions and made sure we knew how to proceed with our claim and the case number.

The next morning, despite struggles with our insurance company, Paul, with Emerald Bay Towing, and Ryan with South Side Auto Body, were both incredibly accommodating and helpful in removing the wreck of our car, which was blocking pretty much our entire driveway, and promptly working with our insurance. All of this, even though it was Christmas Eve.

My wife and I would like to thank the local South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Emerald Bay Towing and South Side Auto Body for going out of their way to help us and keep our Christmas, if not predictable, then at least thankful that we live in such a helpful community.

Gantt Miller

South Lake Tahoe

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