This might be a sign you have a drinking problem.
This might be a sign you have a drinking problem.
I've posted in the past about how cops and prosecutors are pushing the envelope ever further – well beyond the point of absurdity. See, for example, DUI on a Lawnmower, DUI in a Wheelchair, DUI on a Scooter and DUI on a Horse. Where does it all end? Will they arrest people in electric shopping carts inside stares next?
Florida Man Arrested for Drunk Driving Inside a Walmart
Feb. 5. Brooksville, FL — Police in Brooksville, Florida say that they arrested Timothy Carr over the weekend for driving drunk inside a local Walmart.
An arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun on Monday indicated that Carr, 48, had helped himself to an alcoholic beverage while operating one of the store’s motorized shopping carts at around 9 p.m. on Sunday.
“The defendant did enter Walmart and select two packages of Daily Daiquiri and proceed to drink them in the store,” the charging document stated. “The defendant was driving a Walmart owned electric cart. While driving the cart, the defendant knocked several items off the shelves causing damage to the items.”
“The defendant did not have money to pay for the Daily Daiquiri drink that he consumed,” the report added.
Police indicated that Carr was unemployed and a transient. The crime was considered a felony because he had two previous arrests for retail theft.
Carr was being held on ,000 bond, according to The Smoking Gun.
Hmmm…..A DUI for driving an electric shopping cart inside a Walmart?
Just when you thought MADD’s "War on Alcohol" — I mean "War on Drunk Driving" – had reached the limits of insanity….
Kentucky Man Charged with Riding Under the Influence
Lexington, KY. September 19, 2012 – A Kentucky man was arrested for driving under the influence in what deputies have called unusual circumstances. The man was riding a horse.
Danny Reynolds was riding his horse on a rural road near his house about 8 miles south of Nicholasville in Jessamine County.
Sheriff’s deputies told the 55-year-old to get down from his horse. They said he staggered while dismounting the animal. Reynolds said he staggered because he was severely diabetic and feeling light-headed.
Officials said tests showed Reynolds’ blood-alcohol level was two time over the legal limit. The arresting officer also found rolling papers and marijuana in his pockets.
Reynolds told CBS affiliate WKYT he drank a couple beers to celebrate his son’s birthday, but did not think he was drunk. He said he normally doesn’t drink.
According to the arrest report, "(Reynolds) had several beers in his saddle bag and a mason jar which he identified as moonshine."
Chief Deputy Allen Peel admitted it was a unique case, but the deputies were concerned about Reynolds’ safety.
"He could have swerved into a car, causing danger to himself and others," said Peel.
Reynolds was charged with operating a non-motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana and drug possession.
"I really didn’t mean to cause any harm," Reynolds said. "I definitely learned my lesson and I hope other riders pay attention."
Similar cases have happened in Tennessee. A woman was arrested in 2009 while riding a horse in the Shelbyville Christmas parade. She was charged with public intoxication.
What’s next, riding a bicycle drunk? Or maybe driving a Zamboni on an empty ice rink under the influence? Or a lawn mower? Or even DUI in a wheelchair?
Law enforcement says they responded to an anonymous tip around 11:30 p.m. Saturday that a large number of underage people were attending a party at the home of a Smithfield Town Council member. Police claim that upon arrival at the residence, a large number of teens were drinking alcohol in the yard and inside the home. After police converged on the home, at least twenty people were charges with underage possession of alcohol charges.
The Smithfield Town Council member and his wife were not present in the home at the time of the investigation. The couple reportedly is traveling in China. The couple left their 19-year-old daughter in charge of the home during the trip to China. The 19-year-old was not charged, however, Lt. Keith Powell says the police department and the District Attorney’s Office are considering bringing a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor related to the incident.
Powell says a number of other individuals age 18 and older who attended the party may also be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
During their investigation at the residence police say they used a portable Breathalyzer to test for alcohol. Law enforcement says they tested everyone who was attending the party for alcohol.
Law enforcement says they have no special protocol for handling allegations of underage drinking at a public official’s residence. Among those charged with underage drinking in the matter are a daughter of the Town Council member and a daughter of the Johnston County Attorney.
Source: News and Observer, “Teens cited for booze at Smithfield official’s house,” Colin Campbell and Sarah Nagem 17 May 2011