In the Fast Lane

highway  blizzard   photo

Winter: a curse for some, a challenge for others. A cross-country skier was taken into custody after violating a series of traffic regulations, for indecent exposure and obstruction of justice. The man, identified only as Rolf E., a professor of English at a private college in another state, was observed by highway patrolmen as he “double-poled” himself at a steady pace in the emergency lane of the Interstate, in the opposite direction of vehicle traffic, wearing nothing but a reflective vest. In addition to stormy blizzard conditions and the bone-biting temperatures of the polar vortex, the officers were surprised to face fierce resistance from the extreme sportsman. He initially eluded capture by zigzagging his way across the lanes, taking advantage of the slippery road surface and slow car traffic. His flight eventually came to an end in a pothole, with a broken ski. He was tackled to the ground, handcuffed and had his ski boots removed, because the skis would not unbind, preventing his transport in the patrol car.