Sheriff’s deputy offers more hassle than help

Last Saturday night, I was driving to the store when I hit a patch of black ice and my car slid and got high-sided in a snow bank. A few minutes later, a sheriff’s deputy in his big SUV arrived. I thought, “Great, he can pull me out.” I was shocked when the officer told me he did not have a tow chain, rope or even a shovel to help me.

As I was trying to call a friend who was actually willing and able to help me, the officer checked my license and registration, and then he insisted on giving me a drunken-driving test. I told him I had not been drinking and he didn’t believe me. I passed the test. Then, because one tire was slightly over a ditch, he told me I could not stay in my car, and he would not let me stay in his car. He made me wait 20 minutes in the freezing cold while real help arrived. When my friend showed up, it took less than a minute to pull me out.

This officer was more hassle than he was helpful. If the Sheriff’s Department is not equipped or trained to actually help people when they are in need, what good is it?

Mitch Harwood

Durango