We're guessing there's just not a whole lot to do in Mt. Pleasant, WI, pop. 23,142, where police say three teenagers admit to stretching plastic shrink wrap across a rural highway. Now, we can think of many reasons not to do this, not the least of which is that it could cause a serious accident. But the perpetrators of this particularly stupid stunt didn't think of that. Nor did they think of what might happen if, by some freak chance, the first car to come along was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. Yeah.
The officer says only minor damage occurred to his cruiser when he hit the transparent traffic barrier, but that a much more serious accident could have happened. After stopping, the cop noticed a car parked nearby with its lights off, investigated and found three teens, a roll of shrink wrap and a "small amount of alcohol."
Ahhh. Alcohol. That explains the enormous lack of thought the pranksters had. But if the three boys did indeed pull this prank, they don't even have that excuse since they were cold sober.
Police later found shrink wrap stretched across three other locations in the area and a fourth site had already been broken by a vehicle.
The three boys are charged with felony reckless endangering safety, misdemeanor criminal damage to property and misdemeanor obstructing an officer. They also got tickets for underage alcohol possession and the driver was ticketed for driving without someone 25 years old in the vehicle. Possibly worse, however is that the three were released to their parents to face, we're guessing, unholy fury the likes of which they had never seen before.
[Source: The Journal Times via Transport Trends]