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Blind Man Drives Car (1958)

(This story was originally written and recorded for Podcast #65, released on August 19, 2013.)

It was reported that on May 23, 1958, a traffic officer named Loyal Nelsen pulled over a weaving driver in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

To his shock and amazement, the driver was legally blind. The man sitting in the passenger seat claimed ownership of the car and said that the blind man was curious to know what it was like to drive, so he let him.

While the names of the two men were not published, the vehicle’s owner was quoted as stating, “He just wanted to get the feel of the wheel.”

Officer Nelsen arrested the car’s owner and charged him with allowing an unauthorized person to operate a motor vehicle. The blind driver was not charged.

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