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The Bizarre World of Florida

Troopers: I-75 wrong-way DUI suspect wanted ride home September 2, 2014

sfl-flduh-wrongway-driver-20140831-001While troopers were on patrol of I-75 early Saturday morning, they spotted a driver in a Chevrolet Impala heading eastbound near Naples at a high rate of speed.  The driver was pulled over after radar estimated the vehicle’s speed at 106 mph in a 70 mph zone.

As they were writing up the driver for excess speed, a driver in a Cadillac was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes.  The troopers managed to flag the driver down and get him to pull over.  It took them several tries for to get the driver to put the car in park and get out of the vehicle.

The troopers believed the driver to be intoxicated based on what they saw, according to the arrest report.

They attempted to conduct a sobriety test which the driver identified as 54-year-old David Johnsen refused to cooperate.  During their interview, the troopers say the driver claimed to be a retired cop from Duluth, MN and wanted a ride home.

Johnsen got a ride to the Collier County Jail on a DUI charge where he posted a $1000 bond.

 

It looks like things were definitely not peachy at the Jus’ Beachy Bar September 1, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Brides,Controversy,Drunk,Dumb,Fight,Stupid,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:29 pm

Two men are facing charges after Volusia County deputies said they started a fight at a bar Wednesday night.

Staff at the Jus’ Beachy Bar on Ocean Shore Boulevard claimed they refused to serve alcohol to 54-year-old Faisal Albagdadi and 30-year-old Ahmed Hindi after they walked into the bar already drunk.

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“I need cops at Jus’ Beachy Pecker’s Pub immediately. I got a huge fight going. I mean they’re tearing (expletive) up,” the caller told 911 dispatchers. “We wouldn’t even serve him when he came in, he was so drunk.”

Deputies said that’s when the men got angry and attacked the customers.

“They’re using chairs and everything else,” the caller told dispatchers.

Deputies said the men smashed six bar stools, threw several glasses that cut one woman in the eye and beat up a couple of men. At one point, the fight got so out of control, the dispatcher couldn’t get a hold of the caller.

The men took off before deputies arrived, but the caller was able to get their tag number and the description of their car. Ormond Beach police then quickly tracked down the car and arrested the men.

The arrest report showed that not only did Hindi deny initiating the bar fight, deputies said Albagdadi was uncooperative and threatened to “kidnap an American and behead him, once he’s released from jail.”

Both men face criminal mischief and battery charges. The other customers were not seriously injured. However, the men allegedly caused more than $1,200 in damage.

 

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.

 

 
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