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The Bizarre World of Florida

Mom, if you want your kids to experience a scary ride, take them to Disney — don’t do this August 28, 2014

UntitledJennifer Mannino of Punta Gorda was stopped Tuesday night for suspected DUI.

When a Charlotte County deputy managed to pull her over near Tamiami Trail and Bayshore Road the deputy said she had already taken the pickup truck over the median and almost hit traffic as she made a right hand turn.

Mannino failed a field sobriety test and her blood alcohol registered three times the legal limit at .025.

Compounding her situation, her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son were in the car at the time.  The daughter, according to the arrest record, was so concerned she called her father.

There was an open container of vodka inside the truck’s cab that the arresting deputy said contributed to the evidence she had been driving while she was driving the pickup.

This was Mannino’s second DUI charge in less than two years according to jail records.  In addition to the DUI, Mannino was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.

The children were turned over to their guardian who showed up at the scene and took them away.

She remains in Charlotte County jail without bond.

 

Man swiped hit-and-run souvenir, cops say August 27, 2014

An 18-year-old man was arrested Saturday after police say he crashed into another car and nearly ran over two people.

sfl-flduh-hit-run-souvenir-20140825-001Briar-Jo Coty Mellen sped through the parking lot of Cabana Beach Apartments, at 1601 SW 51st Terrace, where he lives, according to a police report.

Mellen crashed into an unoccupied vehicle at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, then spun the tires of his car and drove toward two people. The two bystanders were forced to move out of the way to avoid being struck, the report said.

Then Mellen drove onto a curb, where he left his vehicle parked, police said.

One witness told police that when Mellen left his vehicle, he removed the license plate from the vehicle that he hit and took it with him, the report said.

Mellen returned to the apartment with the tag and told his roommate that he had just hit a car and was planning to keep the license plate as a souvenir, police said.

Mellen was apprehended by police near the apartment complex. He was slurring his words, swaying when walking and emitting a strong odor of alcohol, the report said.

Police saw a large green marking on the damaged portion of the white vehicle, where paint had likely been transferred during a collision.

Mellen was booked in the Alachua County jail with charges of theft, failure to leave information to an unattended vehicle with property damage and reckless driving.

 

Man charged with DUI — while riding lawn mower

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

A man is under arrest for allegedly driving a lawn tractor while intoxicated on a busy street.

sfl-flduh-dui-lawn-mower-20140826-00158-year-old Kenneth La Rue Smith was observed by a police officer traveling into oncoming traffic on US 41 southbound near Richmond St.

According to officials, after nearly avoiding a vehicle Smith proceeded to drink out of an aluminum can and place it into the lawnmower’s cupholder.

After being pulled over, officers discovered a package of beers between Smith’s legs.

Smith also had two knives, a cylinder for a .22 revolver, and several rounds of ammunition in his pockets.

The .22 revolver was found under the seat of the lawnmower.

Officials say Smith has been previously convicted of felonies and has received multiple DUI’s.

He is now charged with posession of a firearm as well as a DUI and received a citation of open container.

 

Here’s a new one, this DUI guy was caught dragging a tree down the road! August 21, 2014

A Gainesville police officer was sitting in a parked cruiser late Monday night when an approaching truck caught his attention.

sfl-flduh-dui-dragged-tree-20140820-001It could have been that the truck was speeding, perhaps it was the loud noise and the sparks that were flying from the rear as a chain bounced off the asphalt.

Or maybe it was the tree that the driver was dragging as he drove east along the 3500 block of Northwest 53rd Avenue.

The officer stopped the driver, later identified as Daniel Totulis, 21, of Gainesville, at around 11 p.m. at the entrance to the Apple Tree subdivision. Totulis had glassy eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, according to a police report.

Totulis told officers that he wanted to take a test to see if he was drunk, the report said. The officers conducted a field sobriety test and Totulis swayed while trying to stand, missed his nose with his finger two out of four times, and refused to walk a straight line.

During the test, Totulis told the officers to take him to jail because he knew he should not have been drinking and driving, the report said. He offered no explanation for why he was dragging a tree down the street late at night.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI after his breath tests registered .190 and .185, twice the legal threshold in Florida for DUI.

 

Man arrested for prowling tried to fight a fire hydrant August 19, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,Fight,Funny,Interesting,Voyerism,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:00 pm

St. Petersburg police recently arrested a prowler who they say tried to fight a fire hydrant before he was taken into custody.

http---Hidden-Past.com-Images-placeholderPolice said they arrested Jeffrey Paul McKenna, 34, after he was seen peeking into windows of homes in the 4800 block of Third Avenue N in St. Petersburg on Aug. 14.

Police were called and when officers arrived, McKenna told them he was looking for “Tony” and “wanted to go with the back up officer and smoke and be back in 20 minutes,” an officer wrote in an arrest report.

“He was also acting like he was going to fight the fire hydrant in front of him prior to being taken into custody,” the officer wrote.

The report does not indicate if McKenna — or the fire hydrant — landed any blows.

 

Played out? Bikini-clad mom found passed out; child left unattended August 18, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

sfl-flduh-bikini-mom-passed-out-20140815-001A bikini-clad mother who was found passed out at her apartment complex while her 6-year-old daughter played unsupervised at a nearby playground was arrested on a child neglect charge Wednesday, a Maitland police report states.

According to the report, Maitland police responded to the Grand Reserve Apartments about 6:30 p.m., after a neighbor spotted the girl playing alone. The girl’s mother Karen Gunderlach, 33, was found on a second-floor breezeway.

Officers woke Gunderlach and reported the “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” They said her speech was “slurred to the point where it was difficult to understand her.” When asked the date and time, she reportedly said it was 7 a.m. Thursday.

Gunderlach told police her daughter was with a baby sitter. A half-empty 12-pack of Miller Lite was found nearby, as were a beach towel and sandals. Gunderlach initially denied they were hers, but later said they might be, the report says.

Gunderlach was arrested on a charge of child neglect and booked into the Orange County Jail. The Florida Department of Children and Families was called in, and the 6-year-old’s uncle came to take custody of the girl, the police report says.

Reached by phone Friday, Gunderlach handed the call off to a man who said he was representing her. He said the child was “never not being supervised” by a baby sitter and “was never in any danger at all.”

 

Here’s a risky way to raise some beer money … and a lot of hell August 15, 2014

sfl-flduh-couple-favor-bar-20140814-001A Crestview man who robbed a couple at knifepoint Tuesday night is now charged with armed robbery and violating his probation.

The victims said they were giving 46-year-old William John Beatty a ride, according to a media release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, Beatty pulled a knife out of his pocket, demanded money and threatened one of the victims. The couple gave Beatty the money they had on them, the release said.

Beatty approached the couple while they were speaking with a deputy. They identified him as the robber, the release said.

Beatty said he’d been at a local bar drinking beer.

He was arrested for armed robbery and violation of probation for an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

 
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