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Man thanks Mass. police dept. for 1980 DUI arrest

CANTON, Mass. – An unidentified man recently wrote a letter to the chief of police in Canton, Mass., thanking the Canton Police Department for pulling him over and arresting him for driving drunk nearly 35 years ago, reports CBS Boston.

The man wrote he had a “big time drinking problem for 18 years” at the time of his March 28, 1980 arrest and that while he was in a jail cell that night he “did a lot of thinking.”

He said the arrest helped him get back on track and quit drinking. That night, he says, was the last time he drank.

“I am forever grateful to the Canton, Mass. Police Dept. for the kindness and direction that I needed to get my life back," he wrote.

The man signed off with "A Very Long Overdue 'THANK YOU'!!!"

The letter in its entirety is below:

Hello,

On March 28th, 1980 – “WOW” – almost 34 years ago I was stopped by one of the Canton Police officers for – an honest way to say it – driving very drunk. BAL, 2.5. I was treated very kindly and with respect by all of the Canton Police involved both on the road and at the station. I do not remember any of the names of the officers on duty that evening. By now they may have long retired.

I had a big time drinking problem for 18 years. A quart of gin every night and all kinds of prescription meds to help me straighten out in the morning. All of that along with 4 packs of cigarettes a day – I really do not know how I survived.

I was placed in a cell for about an hour to wait for a bail bonds man to come in. While in that cell I did a lot of thinking. Believe it or not at least my head was clear enough to do that. After I paid the bail bonds person the officer gave me a ride home to Dunbar street. After returning home I called a person that I knew that has been trying to get me to go to Alcoholics Anonymous for quite some time.. I told her of my arrest and she asked me if I would go to an AA meeting with her the next evening and I said yes. Again that was March 28th,1980. That was my last drink. Four years later I quit the cigarettes also. I have been living in Florida for the past 28 years.

I am forever grateful to the Canton, Mass. Police Dept. for the kindness and direction that I needed to get my life back.

A Very Long Overdue “THANK YOU” !!!

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