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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.

 

Meet Florida Man, whose powers include career prostitution, wearing women’s underwear while driving drunk, and crashing into retirement homes August 14, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:34 pm

It was a big day for Florida Man.

Today’s Florida Man is Rico Antwan Jones, a 28-year-old career prostitute from Tampa who allegedly crashed into a retirement home overnight while drunk. When police responded to the wreck, they found a gaping hole in the 13-story building. They also found Jones, down the street, wearing women’s underwear, a bra and high heels.

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His vehicle crashed right next to the senior center’s air vent, sending smoke billowing into the rooms above, according to the Tampa Bay Times. None of the 300 seniors living inside were evacuated or injured.

Jones — also known as Diamond on the street — has a long history of prostitution arrests, Bay News 9 reports. He fled the scene but was eventually apprehended and taken to Tampa General Hospital to be treated for injuries before he went to jail.

Police later accused him of being intoxicated during the crash. Officers had reportedly tried to pull him over moments before he obliterated the senior center wall.

 

Meet Florida Man, whose powers include career prostitution, wearing women’s underwear while driving drunk, and crashing into retirement homes

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:33 pm

It was a big day for Florida Man.

Today’s Florida Man is Rico Antwan Jones, a 28-year-old career prostitute from Tampa who allegedly crashed into a retirement home overnight while drunk. When police responded to the wreck, they found a gaping hole in the 13-story building. They also found Jones, down the street, wearing women’s underwear, a bra and high heels.

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His vehicle crashed right next to the senior center’s air vent, sending smoke billowing into the rooms above, according to the Tampa Bay Times. None of the 300 seniors living inside were evacuated or injured.

Jones — also known as Diamond on the street — has a long history of prostitution arrests, Bay News 9 reports. He fled the scene but was eventually apprehended and taken to Tampa General Hospital to be treated for injuries before he went to jail.

Police later accused him of being intoxicated during the crash. Officers had reportedly tried to pull him over moments before he obliterated the senior center wall.

 

Man driving drunk with 6-year-old girl in truck August 7, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Florida Nut,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

Harley-Templeman-jpgA Holly Hill man is accused of being three times the legal blood-alcohol limit while driving with a 6-year-old child in his truck.

Harley Templeman, 29, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and child neglect just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

A Sheriff’s Office deputy said he witnessed Templeman make an illegal turn.

The deputy said Templeman smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his words.

He allegedly admitted taking two shots of rum and a pain pill.

A relative took custody of the little girl.

 

 
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