OHIO, December 6, 2017: One Ohio mail carrier may have raised the bar for service when the South Euclid, Cleveland carrier removed the keys from the car of a woman. The woman, appearing to be under the influence, was arrested by police. But first, the carrier took her keys, delivering them to a neighbor,
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” Unofficial USPS motto
Ohio Mail Carrier and Public Servant
For mail carriers, the job of delivering mail can be arduous and at times even dangerous in having to encounter ominous looking snarling dogs, and often times treacherous weather. But stepping in to get involved and possibly preventing a serious accident or worse may not be in their typical job description.
But according to South Euclid Police Chief Kevin Nietert, one mailman who was on his route delivering mail decided that taking action was the only alternative. Chief Nietert told FOX8 Cleveland that,
“The mailman was very observant, I give him some credit for getting involved, and he was doing it from a morally conscious perspective.”
Nietert further explains that the carrier approached the apparently drunken 51-year-old La Sonya Carter’s car and took the woman’s keys away from her after she had attempted to exit her vehicle, falling backward onto her car seat.
The postal worker then went to the next home on his route, knocking on the door to alert the resident about the drunken woman in the car and handing her the driver’s keys.
“Hey, you need to call the police, the car that’s parked on the street there, I suspect the driver is under the influence,’” Nietert says he told the customer.
Suspect had been on the road earlier in the day
The South Euclid Police said they did receive a report earlier in the day about a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. City officers were unable to locate the car, but say that Carter’s car matches the description.
Fortunately, the alertness of the Ohio mail carrier paid off, because when police arrived they found two partially empty bottles of alcohol in Carter’s car. She was arrested by the police when she refused to take a field sobriety test, according to FOX8.
Perhaps the USPS’s unofficial motto should be revised to read, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ‘or drunken drivers’ stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”