Field research not a good plan for dui tester
Kathleen Cherry, 53, was on her way to the site of a drunken driving stop. Police had a suspect pulled over, and the job of Cherry, a contract worker, was to administer the blood-alcohol test. But when she got there, a Carson City, Nev., deputy smelled alcohol on her breath. She said she had one margarita before coming out, but it must have been a strong one. Her blood-alcohol level was registered over the state limit of 0.08 percent. She was arrested.
Avoiding $115 ticket costs $7,500
Simon Belsky, 63, got a parking ticket in Brooklyn in November 2006. He was accused of blocking a fire hydrant with his van. But he says there is no hydrant where he was parked. He has since spent $7,500 fighting the $115 ticket, reasoning that he has "nothing else to do." He says if he wins, he will sue to get the $7,500 back, and if he gets any compensation, he'll give it to educational programs.
For smoking, she ends up in the joint
Honesty Knight, 32, was pulled over in Muncie, Ind., for a traffic violation on Friday. She asked Trooper Eric Perkins if it was okay to smoke while he wrote the ticket. Sure, Perkins said. What Perkins was not expecting was that Knight would pull out a marijuana joint and start smoking that. That turned the incident from a ticket to an arrest.
Preacher gets cash, returns for Mass
A man broke into the safe at St. Peter's church in Washington and took two bags of money containing about $125. It was just before the 11 a.m. Mass, so the Rev. Bill Hegedusich had a decision to make. "I said, 'Hey, I'm going to go catch a thief,' " he told congregants as he ran through the door. Hegedusich, 48, is a marathon runner, and he chased the bad guy for about two blocks before the thief dropped one bag, which had about $60. Then he went back to the church to celebrate Mass. "It's not my typical Sunday morning," Hegedusich said. There have been no arrests.
Insult to injury
Hospital wants dead man's signature
Sally Guidon asked North Manchester General Hospital in England to investigate the death of her father, James Johnson, 76, because she questioned the care he got there. The hospital sent her a letter saying it would be happy to look into the matter, but first needed Johnson to sign a consent form for them to look at the records. Given that he had died, that seemed unlikely. Hospital officials apologized and said it was an administrative error. "It is typical of them to make such a basic error," Guidon told the Daily Mail.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.