flesl.net paired stories: reading puzzle: Thomas Grobbel

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Thomas Grobbel

instructions: when ordered correctly, the sixteen sentences below tell a story that illustrates the dangers of drunken driving. Indicate the correct ordering by putting a number, 1 through 16, in each of the boxes.

He drove over a concrete barrier at the edge of the parking lot as he left and then he sped along a highway toward his suburban home.

Tony Garrisi, a Macdonalds employee, who was working at the window, was frightened.

The police were close behind him, and when they found the abandoned vehicle they continued chasing Thomas on foot, using a tracking dog.

Then Thomas suddenly drove away from the restaurant at high speed.

Thomas had been drinking a lot, and as he drove up to the service window, he almost hit the building with his white pick-up.

Thomas admitted he was drunk, but he said he had to keep going because he had to get home.

As soon as she got a good look at Thomas, she realized that he was very drunk because his eyes were glassy and he was having trouble keeping them open.

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on July 21, 2009, Thomas Grobbel pulled into a Macdonalds drive-through restaurant in Detroit, a city in the north-central United States.

Thomas managed to avoid them for several hours by hiding in bushes and backyards, but around 6:00 am, he was spotted by a helicopter and was arrested.

Ten minutes later, just after 2:00 a.m., Thomas was getting close to home and he turned off the highway.

On the exit ramp, still going at full speed, he smashed into a van.

Despite the accident, Thomas kept driving for a short distance, but he soon abandoned his truck and began running.

About three minutes after leaving the restaurant , Thomas almost hit a car and the woman who was driving it also called the police.

One of the four men in the van was killed, and two others were very seriously injured.

When she realized that Thomas was not going to listen to her, Tony phoned the police.

She gave him the food he wanted and then told him she didn’t think he should drive any more.

- the following websites were consulted on 09.07.23):
(1) http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090721/NEWS03/907210450&template=printart
(2) http://www.wwj.com/pages/4846946.php?
(3) http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/20113930/detail.html