Couple Drove 14 Miles With Drunk Man Passed Out On Car Trunk

By Keri Blakinger 05/24/17

“The officer came up and he said, ‘Mr. are you aware there's a body on your trunk?’ and that did not register.”

The unidentified man fast asleep on the trunk of the car.
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Talk about a wild ride. 

A drunk man in Tennessee passed out on the trunk of a stranger’s car and unwittingly got a 14-mile ride down the highway before anyone noticed the plastered passenger. 

The tipsy trunk-rider climbed up on the back of the trunk, which is only about 14 inches wide, and managed to curl up and pass out. “There’s no way to describe it,” the car's owner, Carl Webb, told Fox affiliate WHBQ-TV. “It’s unbelievable.” 

Webb and his wife were enjoying a night out at the downtown Memphis Barbecue Fest last Thursday when the crocked car-clinger latched onto their vehicle.

The Webbs were inside at the time and had backed their car into a parking space. When they came out, it was already dark and the sunshade was stuck up, so Webb didn’t notice the blotto baggage on the back. “We came down the aisle, walked right to the car, opened it up on both sides then we got in the car,” he said.

When they pulled out and took off down the interstate, their new third wheel stayed sound asleep—and somehow didn’t fall off. Eventually, a Memphis police officer spotted something amiss. “The officer came up and he said, ‘Mr. are you aware there's a body on your trunk?’ and that did not register,” Webb recalled. 

“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.”

By the time they were stopped, the Webbs had traveled 14 miles with their uninvited guest. “I have no explanation other than that little lip right there saved his life,” Webb said. 

Even after the free freeway ride and the surprising discovery, the drunk on the trunk continued enjoying his shut-eye. When the officer finally woke him up, the man started stumbling into traffic until the cop snatched him back to safety. 

“Good job man, good job,” Webb said of the officer. “It was just outstanding.” The unidentified drinker was loaded into the cop’s cruiser, but it’s not clear whether he is facing any charges. 

“I hope he takes a good look at where he put himself and the hazard that he had opened up to himself,” Webb said. “It would’ve been death.”

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.