An allegedly drunk driver steering a car into a tree doesn’t usually result in a flurry of international headlines.

But when said alleged drunk driver gives a statement to police indicating in no uncertain terms that the reason he crashed was because he had his head out the window driving “like Ace Ventura,” well, it’s going to get some attention.

Yes, an actual driver from Lincoln, Nebraska used those actual words, “like Ace Ventura,” in a statement to police following an accident early last Saturday morning.

The thing is that it’s such a readily available visual for anyone who had cable TV in the 90s—Jim Carrey wearing sunnies and Ace’s signature coif cruising with head out of the front window of his cracked-windshield pet-detective-mobile, catching bugs in his teeth.

Apparently, the 26-year-old told police he was performing the unadvisable impression because it was raining and his wipers weren’t working. Duh.

Unfortunately, the wipers on his brain weren’t working either and he promptly piloted the vehicle off the road, ramming into and toppling a tree in somebody’s front yard before coming to rest against a retaining wall. (Don’t remember that scene in the movie…must be in the sequel.)

And whether the police officers were fans of the classic ‘90s comedy or not didn’t make a difference—they took him in on suspicion of driving under the influence. A suspicion that was later confirmed when the man’s blood alcohol level was measured at .137, once again reaffirming how stupid it is to get behind the wheel when intoxicated.

Source: Driving

December 4, 2018