Langley Police Chief Randy Heston had an unexpected visitor at his South Whidbey home this past weekend.
At about 7 p.m. Saturday, a man driving a 1992 Buick Century on Zig Zag Lane off Langley Road took a wrong turn down Heston’s long gravel driveway. He passed two marked police cars before ending up in the police chief’s yard.
Heston was off duty and at home at the time of the incident. He quickly called the police and the man was taken into custody by an Island County Sheriff’s Deputy on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
“Of all the yards to drive through,” remarked Heston, in reference to the driver’s poor luck.
While the incident has a tone of humor and has earned the police chief a little friendly teasing from fellow law enforcement officers, Heston said this was a dangerous situation that could have turned out much worse.
“He missed my propane tank by about 2 feet,” he said.
Heston hopes this will serve as a reminder to the public that driving under the influence is both dangerous and illegal. He urged people to take caution this holiday season and drive responsibly.
“Public safety is number one in our books,” he said.