The Bizarre World of Florida

Drunken man hit parked police cruiser with lights flashing July 28, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

A driver with a cocktail in his car plowed into a parked Daytona Beach patrol car that had its blue emergency lights flashing, and the man wound up going to jail on a DUI charge, police reported.

sfl-flduh-drunken-cruiser-flashing-20140725-001No one was seriously hurt in the accident early Wednesday morning.

The suspect, Clinton Shockley, 25, of Tampa, quit doing field sobriety tests in mideffort, saying, “I wouldn’t be able to do that when I’m sober,” according to his arrest report.

He was driving south on Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach shortly before 1:30 a.m. when he crashed into the back of a parked patrol car that was involved in a traffic stop.

A suspect was in the back seat of the cruiser, and two officers were standing in front of its front bumper.

All three wound up going to a local hospital, but none was seriously hurt, the Police Department reported.

Clinton was glassy-eyed and smelled of alcohol, according to his arrest report, and in his car an officer found a cup of what looked like lemonade but smelled like alcohol, according to the report.

Clinton refused to take a breath test. He fell down while trying to walk a straight-line heel-to-toe.


Drunken man run over by own truck during road rage incident July 25, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,OK Then .....,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

A man who police say had been drinking was involved in a road rage incident during a downpour Tuesday evening and was injured when he was run over by his own pickup truck.

sfl-flduh-run-over-road-rage-20140724-001Joseph H. Carl, 48, 1012 NE 15th Place, drove his truck into the rear of a vehicle in front of him that was stopped at a traffic light at 2500 NW 43rd St. around 6:50 p.m., according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Carl then jumped out and began banging on the driver’s window and yelling at the woman inside, apparently neglecting to put his pickup into park.

The driver of the other vehicle was frightened and drove away, leaving nothing to hold back Carl’s Dodge 1500 truck.

The truck began to roll, and Carl, standing in front of the vehicle, put out his arms and tried to stop it, but it ran over him, the report said.

Police and paramedics arrived, but Carl refused medical treatment, the report said.

Carl was stumbling and had a strong odor of alcohol, police said. He told police he was coming from Live Oak and had had three beers. Inside the truck, police found an open and cool 16-oz. can of Miller High Life along with numerous other empty beer cans.

Carl told the officer that he does not drink and drive. When asked about the beer cans in his truck, he said he was only drinking while he drove home.

Carl failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. He refused to give a breath sample to police, and the report said that records showed that his driver’s license had been suspended in 1991 after he had refused to give a breath sample then.

He complained of his foot hurting and was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was treated for fractures in his foot and hand. He also was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal threshold for drunken driving in Florida.

Carl was arrested on charges of DUI and DUI with property damage.


Woman abused 911 system multiple times … alcohol may have been involved July 22, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Disrespectful,Drunk,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

A woman was arrested early Sunday morning after she was accused of abusing the 911 system.

sfl-flduh-911-club-20140721-001Laurel Berryman, 44, was at the House of Blues nightclub Saturday night when she became intoxicated and caused disturbances inside the club, deputies said.

Berryman was ordered by security staff to leave, but moments later she returned and attempted to re-enter the night club.

An off-duty deputy from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office then told Berryman repeatedly that she had to leave and was not allowed to return, but Berryman refused each time, according to deputies. The deputy escorted her off the House of Blues property, but she returned again.

According to the arrest affidavit, Berryman was speaking to someone on her cellphone when she returned the second time, telling them she wanted another officer on the scene.

It became evident to the deputy that Berryman was calling 911 and asking them to send a new deputy to the scene. The deputy told Berryman she could not call 911 for non-emergency issues, but Berryman kept calling, deputies said.

Dispatchers told the officer Berryman had called a total of four times within the span of 30 minutes.

Berryman was arrested, taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with misuse of the 911 and E911 telecommunications system. She has since bonded out.


Man caught in sexapade; his girlfriend caught with something else, cops say July 17, 2014

It could be said the evening was going swimmingly for the 57-year-old man.

Not only was he intoxicated, but he was actively engaged in sexual intercourse with a 45-year-old woman, also intoxicated.

sfl-fls-sex-romp-20140716-001The man told police when Hughes spied him and the other woman together, she grew “enraged and started shattering everything of his in the house,” according to a recently released Port St. Lucie police report.But the situation that June 27 night in Port St. Lucie soured suddenly when the man’s girlfriend, Linda Hughes, 54, came home and saw them mid-romp.

As a rule of thumb, women do not approve of their boyfriends having sex with other women.

Still, the 57-year-old man said he didn’t want to pursue charges against Hughes for trashing his sports memorabilia, valued at $2,000, and furniture.

The 45-year-old woman said she and the 57-year-old man were in a fornication situation when Hughes “walked in and caught them.” She said Hughes got upset and started destroying “everything in the residence.”

She started quarreling with Hughes about breaking stuff when Hughes kicked her in the abdomen.

Meanwhile, Hughes said she came home after drinking and found her boyfriend and the 45-year-old woman copulating.

The 45-year-old woman wouldn’t let police photograph the area where Hughes is alleged to have kicked her. She said it was “too embarrassing.”

“It should be noted that all parties were intoxicated and refused to write statements,” the report states.

Police arrested Hughes, of the 1200 block of Southwest Mot Court in Port St. Lucie, on a battery charge.

On the way to jail, an officer reported Hughes was moving around and fiddling with her hands behind her back. The officer found a pot pipe under the seat where Hughes had been sitting.

“I’m sorry, it was my friends and I forgot I had it on me so I didn’t want to get caught with it on me,” Hughes is quoted as saying.

Hughes was arrested on additional charges including possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and smuggling contraband – introduce into a detention facility.


Man struck pedestrian, hid under nearby pickup truck July 10, 2014

A 28-year-old Lake Worth man is facing charges after police in West Palm Beach said he struck a pedestrian and tried to hide under a pickup truck.

sfl-flduh-pedestrian-hid-truck-20140709-001David Luax was driving a car that hit a person in the 1000 block of Caroline Street in West Palm Beach at about 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, according to a West Palm Beach police arrest report.

Luax and two passengers then ran from the scene and hid under a Ford pickup truck about 75 feet from the crash, according to the report.

Found by police after two witnesses pointed out where he was hiding, Luax told officers he had consumed five beers, according to the report.

Luax faces charges of driving without a valid license, DUI with failure to give information or render aid, and leaving the scene of a collision with property damage, court records show.



Snoozing man accused of hitting cop with case of beer July 8, 2014

A Palmetto man was charged with trespass and resisting arrest with violence Sunday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.

1fXS2G.AuSt.69Cristobal Perez, 47, was arrested at 1:32 p.m. According to a report, Perez was sleeping in the front yard of someone’s home on Eighth Avenue West. The resident called police to ask that Perez be removed. When he was awakened, police say Perez refused to leave the property.

After an officer helped Perez up, the Palmetto man reportedly grabbed a beer out of a case he had. The officer refused to let Perez open the beer and told him again that he needed to leave the property, a report states. Perez refused to let go of his beer.

“The defendant then swung the case of beer towards me, hitting me with it,” the police report states.

According to a report, Perez was placed on the ground and under arrest. He was booked in jail on bonds totaling $2,000



DUI arrest: Affectionate woman mistakes DVD for driver’s license July 4, 2014

A booze-smelling Fort Pierce woman was arrested after presenting a DVD when asked for her license and after trying to kiss a deputy, according to a recently released affidavit.

sfl-flduh-dui-dvd-drivers-license-20140703-001The driver, 45-year-old Luonna Goldstein, supplied a DVD when asked for her license.The case of the liquored-up lady began brewing about 12:45 a.m. June 14 as a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a 1997 Pontiac in the 4200 block of South U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce after suspected traffic violations.

Goldstein’s slurred speech was “accompanied by the aroma of alcoholic beverages and inability to follow simple instructions.”

A deputy got the keys from the ignition of Goldstein’s vehicle.

Goldstein, apparently not aware that her keys were no longer in the ignition, reportedly said she was leaving while trying to start her vehicle and put it in drive.

She was asked to step out of her car, and when she opened the door it hit the deputy’s leg.

As the deputy tried to ask about her alcohol consumption and/or use of medication, she kept saying, “(Racial epithet) please!”

At one point Goldstein tried to kiss the deputy and at another she tried to give him a hug.

Investigators determined she wasn’t able to participate in field sobriety exercises, arresting her on a DUI charge.

Breath tests measured Goldstein’s blood alcohol content at 0.249 and 0.251 – more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.

Goldstein, of the 5200 block of Palm Drive in Fort Pierce, was taken to the St. Lucie County jail.


Big decision here — hail a cab or hail a cop? July 2, 2014

An intoxicated St. Petersburg woman tried to use a police car as a taxi cab early Sunday morning.

sfl-flduh-cop-taxi-20140701-001Police said Heather Leigh McKean, 29, climbed into the back seat of a police car that was parked at First Avenue N and Second Street N just before 1 a.m.

The officer in the front seat, who was writing reports at the time, told her “that she was mistaken and that this was not a taxi cab,” an arrest report states.

McKean responded: “I don’t care, are you going to take me home, it’s only four blocks.”

The officer was going to give her a warning, but McKean dashed into traffic and “extended her middle finger” at police “after we told her to look out because she was running in front of a car,” a report states.

She was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge.


No happy hunting ground for woman yielding knife, in search of sex, deputies say

It could be said that Elizabeth Highley doesn’t handle rejection well.

A 25-year-old man told St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators he was hanging out with Highley, 56, at her Jensen Beach home on June 16, according to a recently released report. They were drinking wine.


The man said Highley wanted to have sex with him, but that he rebuffed her amorous advances. He said she got angry and lost control, grabbing a cane and a hunting knife and chasing him around.

The man flagged down a deputy in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store and said a woman was chasing him with a knife and was going to kill him.

The deputy saw Highley run into the parking lot with a knife in one hand and what appeared to be a broken walking cane in the other. The deputy told her to drop the weapons and get on the ground, which she did.

The man said he’s friends with Highley.

He said they were hanging out drinking wine at Highley’s home in the 10800 block of South Ocean Drive when Highley wanted to have sex with him.

He said she started pursuing him with the knife and cane after he rejected her lovemaking proposition.

Highley was arrested on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Highley smelled of booze and didn’t appear to care that she was going to jail, the report states.


DUI suspect had 3 kids in the bed of his pickup June 25, 2014

A man was arrested in Jupiter on Monday after police said he drove drunk with three kids in the bed of his truck, sped away from police, hit a bicyclist and then resisted arrest, according to an arrest report.

sfl-flduh-dui-kids-bed-pickup-20140624-001Jupiter police said Brian Ferguson, 34, was driving with three children ranging from 9 to 16 in the bed of his truck about 5 p.m. Monday in Jupiter near U.S. 1 and A1A.

Another driver saw Ferguson driving the truck erratically in the parking lot of Brix Restaurant, 1000 N. U.S. 1, and became alarmed after she saw a boy pop his head out from the bed of the truck.

She called 911 and tried to position herself in front of the truck, but the driver of the truck got around her and traveled west on East Indiantown Road, according to the report.

When police caught up with him, they said they tried to pull him over. He slowed for a second, but took off, police said. They chased briefly, but the officer stopped because he said he was afraid the children in the back of the truck might get hurt in a police pursuit.

The officer kept his sights on where Ferguson was going, and followed him along Indiantown Road. Shortly after stopping his chase, the officer said he saw smoke and a vehicle that was not Ferguson’s with heavy damage.

The officer also saw a person on the ground next to a bicycle. A witness told police they saw a truck make a sharp turn, which caused damage to the other vehicle and caused the bicyclist to be hurt.

Around the corner, the officer saw Ferguson’s truck crashed into a fence, and three boys — ages 9, 12, and 16 — still in the bed of the truck, according to the report. Ferguson was nowhere to be seen.

Police called for a K-9 unit to track Ferguson, according to the report. He was found about 50 feet away hiding in a bush. The K-9 bit him when he resisted, according to the report.

Meanwhile, officers were getting the story from the children as to how they ended up in Ferguson’s truck. One of the boys said he knew Ferguson, but didn’t say from where. He told police Ferguson offered to drive him and his friends to a bridge off U.S. 1 so they could jump off into the water below.

While they were at the bridge, Ferguson drank about four Four Loko’s — an alcoholic beverage — and told the kids to get in the back of the truck. One of the boys said when police started following Ferguson, he sped off.

The children had minor bruises and were transported to the hospital.

Ferguson was also taken to the Jupiter Medical Center, where his blood was drawn. Ferguson’s blood-alcohol content, according to the report, was a .33. The legal limit in Florida is.08.

Ferguson is charged with child abuse, DUI, fleeing officers and resisting arrest, among other charges. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.



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