Monday, December 24, 2007

A Weird State

Every state I’ve lived in has its quirks and oddities, but I think that for its size and weight, Florida is the one that seems to generate the most news in just plain weirdness.

Like Tigger, who is becoming the “Teflon Don” of costumed characters. A few years after beating the rap on a groping charge, Tigger was accused of hitting a boy at Walt Disney World, and the 14-year-old’s father turned over video to prove it. Still, investigators decided not to pursue charges.

He wasn’t the only celebrity that had a run in with the law. According to a police report, two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. was urinating on a car when a Volusia County officer asked if the relief was worth a $100 fine. Truex responded, “It is worth 100 bucks” and held out a $100 bill. He was charged with disorderly intoxication.

That’s just one of many incidents preceded by drinking.

A doctor carrying a burrito and dressed as Captain America was arrested in Melbourne after grabbing a woman at a bar and fighting with her boyfriend. The mug shot of a 41-year-old woman arrested in Tampa on DUI charges displayed her T-shirt, which read, “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m a drunk. Alcoholics go to meetings.”

A 30-year-old Collier County woman was taking driving lessons when she ran over her instructor, who had to be airlifted to a hospital. Her blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.

Largo police responded to a call about a bar disturbance, and when they arrived, a drunk man called 911 and asked a dispatcher for help because he was surrounded by police. “Our officers were standing there scratching their heads,” one sergeant said.

It’s one of the reasons I really like living here; never a dull moment.