The Bizarre World of Florida

Man accused of offering deputy $7,000 to let him go November 20, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Controversy,DUI,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:25 pm

A Palm Beach Gardens man who was arrested Monday for driving under the influence, offered a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy thousands of dollars to let him go, according to an arrest report.

salloumAndrew Metri Salloum, 31, drove through a red light on Blue Heron Boulevard, getting onto Interstate 95, the report said. The deputy pulled over Salloum’s vehicle after he entered the highway.

The deputy noticed that Salloum has red, glassy eyes and was slurring his words, the report said.

As the deputy was taking Salloum to the breath alcohol testing center, he allegedly offered the deputy $5,000 to let him go. When the deputy said he was not going to accept a bribe, Salloum upped the offer to $7,000, the report said.

Salloum faces charges of DUI, failure to submit a DUI test after a license suspension, bribery of a public servant, resisting an officer without violence and refusal to sign a citation. He was released from Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bond.


Driver found passed out in a running car at gas station October 28, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Luck,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:54 pm

Ocala police arrested a man they found passed out in a running car at a gas station early Friday. The man’s blood alcohol level was determined to more than three times the legal limit, according to the Ocala Police Department.

sfl-flduh-passed-out-running-car-20141027-001Authorities arrived at the Kangaroo gas station at 909 NE 28th St., Ocala, in response to a call about a suspicious vehicle, according to OPD spokeswoman Sgt. Angy Scroble. Officers found Gary Lee Hays, 51, passed out inside the running vehicle. They made several attempts to wake him. Hays finally responded and told them he had not had anything to drink. He later said he had three drinks.

Hays failed a field sobriety test. Blood alcohol tests registered levels of .237 and .246.

The legal limit in Florida at which someone is presumed to be intoxicated is .08.

Hays was arrested at 4:53 a.m. and was taken to the Marion County Jail. He was charged with DUI and his bond was set at $1,000.


Do strippers have a leg up on us when it comes to field sobriety tests? October 27, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,DUI,Funny,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:17 pm

Despite saying she was a “stripper” and had not taken painkillers in more than 114 years, a Palm Bay woman could not avoid a trip to jail, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

sfl-flduh-stripper-dui-20141023-001Another deputy stopped the vehicle, which Woodberry was driving. She smelled of booze. When asked for her registration, Woodberry handed over the vehicle title four times.The case against Devin Woodberry, 34, began around 2:40 a.m. Oct. 5 on Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce when a vehicle nearly struck a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy while the deputy was on a traffic stop.

A deputy spotted a prescription bottle of the painkiller hydrocodone in Woodberry’s purse. She said she took the medication three days earlier, later saying she used it on that day “a million hours ago.”

“A million hours” is about 41,666 days, which is about 114 years, which would mean Woodberry used the hydrocodone in about 1900, which is about 79 years before she was born.

Meanwhile, Woodberry said she drank two Bahama momma wine coolers.

Woodberry agreed to perform field sobriety exercises, one of which is known as the “one-legged stand.”

She was able to maintain the position for about 15 seconds, “and boasted the task was easy, self proclaiming, ‘I’m a stripper,’” the affidavit states.

Some might find validity in Woodberry’s apparent logic that strippers — scantily clad or nude women who perform erotic dances involving bending and contorting — should be able to do the one-legged stand with ease.

But according to the affidavit, Woodberry didn’t keep one of her legs straight. She also used her arms for balance.

Investigators found two empty liquor bottles under the passenger seat of Woodberry’s vehicle.

Woodberry, of Palm Bay, was arrested on a DUI charge, and taken to the St. Lucie County jail.

Breath tests measured Woodberry’s blood alcohol content at 0.194 and 0.193 — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.


Woman charged with 4th DUI flashed ‘bare buttocks’ October 5, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bizzarre,Controversy,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Drunk,DUI,Funny,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:35 pm

A birthday celebration turned sour for a North Lauderdale couple when both were accused of DUI after a road-rage incident in Coral Springs, police said.

sfl-flduh-4th-dui-bare-buttocks-20141002-001Records show it was the fourth DUI arrest for Michele Ann Rivera, 49, and the first for Stancel Ganus Kinsley, 68, who were returning home from Kinsley’s birthday outing at 1:13 p.m. Sunday.

Another motorist called 911 and told police Rivera was driving a 1999 silver Toyota 4Runner all over the southbound lanes in the 1200 block of North University Drive, according to the arrest report.

The witness told police Rivera stopped in the middle of traffic, got out of the driver’s seat, walked to the car behind her vehicle and yelled at that driver for following too closely. Rivera went back to her SUV but got in the passenger side after Kinsley went around the vehicle and got into the driver’s seat, the report stated.

When police arrived they noticed both Rivera and Kinsley had a strong odor of alcohol, watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Officers also found an open bottle of Smirnoff vodka in Rivera’s purse, police said.

After repeated police requests, Rivera agreed to take a roadside sobriety test but had trouble getting out of the SUV and walking around it, the report stated.

She was unable to complete several sobriety exercises and kept asking if she was under arrest. When Rivera was put in the back seat of a patrol car she noticed Kinsley was being arrested too. Rivera spontaneously blurted out, “He wasn’t driving, I was,” the report stated.
When Rivera and Kinsley were taken to the police station Rivera became loud and abusive. She lifted her skirt and flashed her bare buttocks at an officer saying, “This is the best you’ll ever have,” the arrest report stated.

She refused to take a breath-alcohol test but when asked if she had been drinking, Rivera said, “Obviously,” and admitted to having a few vodkas with cranberry juice since 8 a.m, police said.

Kinsley admitted to drinking since 10 a.m. at a restaurant. He failed several roadside sobriety tests and said, “I’m done, take me.” His breath-alcohol test was over the legal limit, police said.

He claimed several times to be the driver of the 4Runner, but later admitted Rivera was driving and that they had switched places just before police arrived, the report stated.

Rivera has a revoked license and a record that includes convictions for DUI in 1997, 2003 and 2010; leaving the scene of a crash and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Rivera is jailed on $66,000 bond. Kinsey was released on a $500 bond, court records showed.


DUI suspect allowed son to ride in bed of pickup, troopers say September 30, 2014

A woman who Highway Patrol troopers said exhibited reckless driving that caused her 8-year-old son to be injured in the bed of the pickup she was driving was arrested.

sfl-flduh-dui-bed-pickup-20140926-001Troopers said 37-year-old Wendy Lynn Cauchi was charged Thursday with being impaired and refusing to take a breath test.

When Trooper James D. Whitmore arrived in the 7000 block of Southwest 80th Street, Ocala, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy told him that witnesses said Cauchi had been drinking all day.

The witnesses told troopers the boy was in the bed of a 2006 Toyota 4Runner and was injured because his mother was driving around the yard unsafely.

Troopers said the vehicle crashed into a fence. After impact, the boy was flung forward and his forehead struck the bottom floor of the truck bed. He was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

The Department of Children and Families was notified and agency representatives went to the hospital.

Whitmore said he went to Cauchi and detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. He described her speech as slurred and thick-tongued. Cauchi declined to talk to the trooper, telling him that she wanted her lawyer. Her lip was bruised from hitting the steering wheel. She was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

The trooper arrested Cauchi, who complained to officials, wondering how she could be taken into custody for driving on her own property. She told authorities she was just looking for her horse.

The trooper said Cauchi had troubled standing and walking to his cruiser.

Cauchi was charged with DUI, DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily injury to another and refusal to submit to a DUI test after her license was suspended or revoked.

She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she refused to submit to a breath test. The trooper said it was Cauchi’s second DUI test refusal.

She again told the trooper that she wanted her attorney.


Guess swimming is not the best way to sober up September 26, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Amazing,Bizzarre,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:34 pm

Swimming away from a traffic crash may not be the most effective means of escape, but a 24-year-old man appears to have given it a try in Sebastian.

sfl-flduh-swim-avoid-charge-20140925-001The truck ran a stop sign at Indian River Drive, crashing into a guardrail just west of the Indian River.Witnesses told Sebastian police about 1:40 a.m. Sept. 11 that a man identified as Donald Hull was driving a Ford truck east on County Road 512, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

Hull began to flee on foot and ran into the Indian River, an extremely large body of water. He took off his shirt and swam toward a dock in the 800 block of Indian River Drive.

It’s unclear whether he used the crawl, butterfly or another stroke during the apparent aqueous getaway.

Two witnesses watched Hull as he swam while the third went to the dock.

“The third witness then stood by and observed the defendant swimming around the dock area until law enforcement arrived,” an affidavit states.

Police helped fish Hull out of the water.

Hull, who smelled of booze, first said he’d had a few drinks and was driving on an “unknown road.” He said he had no license, then reported he wasn’t driving and didn’t know how he got there.

Hull declined to participate in field sobriety exercises and declined to take a breath test.

Hull, of the 8800 block of Central Avenue in Micco, was arrested on charges including DUI, driving while license suspended with knowledge and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.


Drunk woman tried to pick up kid at school, hit 2 cars September 9, 2014

A New Port Richey woman who deputies say was drunk, wound up getting into trouble after trying to pick up a child from school.

sfl-flduh-elementary-school-drunk-20140908-001The staff at Trinity Elementary School say Renata Congleton, 27, was extremely intoxicated when she arrived at the school last Friday afternoon and tried to pick up the child.

Congleton hit two vehicles and left the school before Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies later found Congleton sitting by her front door. They say she swore at them when they asked her a question and continued to curse when they asked more questions.

Deputies say Congleton did admit she was involved in an accident. When a deputy went to handcuff her, she pulled away and kicked and scratched the deputy.

A test found Congleton’s blood alcohol level to be .413. In Florida, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Congleton was charged with neglect of a child, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer with violence. Bond was set at $15,000.



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