Glenn is in his hotel. But the story of how he got there is strange , at least from my perspective.
He told me that just as the wrecker showed up, a police car pulled up as well. Several police officers had stopped to see if he was ok and needed help so Glenn was not unduly concerned. This policeman watched the wrecker pull the Liberty out onto the road, then told Glenn that he did not need a wrecker to get to the hotel and other people needed it more.
The policeman said he would follow Glenn to the hotel. The trip there was slip, slide all the way. When they got to the parking lot, the guy got out of his patrol car and looked at the tires on the Liberty. He said they were bald and that's why Glenn was having trouble.
Now, if you have been reading this blog for awhile, you will remember I just put brand new tires on that car this past summer, and had the vehicle front end balanced and aligned. You can't get the tires this 2002 Liberty uses off the rack, they have to be special ordered. I bought the best, and my son has only driven that car around town. So I don't think the tires are bald although I will check. As an aside, I never heard of a law enforcement person making decisions about someone needing the wrecker you ordered and had been waiting for over the past four hours. It must be normal though because the wrecker driver just said ok and sailed off. Of course, he will get paid anyway, and now he could get on to his next job quicker, but the whole issue seems bizarre to me. I just have to assume that up in the North, where they have to deal with ice storms more frequently, the police simply assert their authority to a greater extent than they do here in similar matters.
I'm just glad he's off the road and inside somewhere warm. Once the bridges over the Ohio River were closed, it was a cinch he wasn't getting back to his apartment and it won't hurt him to stay in a hotel for a night. Surely the roads will be cleared by tomorrow.
He seems to have had everything he needed except a phone charger, and that's easy to take care of. As suggested by a comment on the preceeding post, some crossword puzzle books might not come amiss in that kind of situation either. I plan on adding a couple of those small strobe lights that have magnetic bases for attaching to a car, just as a little added security.
I should also mention that my son said several people stopped and offered to help him aside from the police. That was kind of them, in my experience a snow and ice situation fosters an "every man for himself" kind of attitude but I guess not everybody reacts that way.