Actress avoids ticket with pink license
Blunt, 26, told talk show host Jay Leno that she was driving 8 miles over the speed limit, when a cop pulled her over like he was from the show CHiPS. "It was like he'd watched that show and been practicing all the moves at home in front of a mirror," she said. The officer was amused by her UK license, which is a pale pink color and features a 17-year-old Blunt with blond hair. "The guy takes it and asks "what is this," Blunt told Leno. "I know it looks like a Barbie card, but it's actually a UK driving license."
The police officer let her off with a warning to slow down, she said. See the Video
Man shoots his way out of sinking car
The 28-year-old was startled by his hands-free cell phone device and veered off the bridge he was traveling on, hitting the guardrail and falling into the chilly water below, a story by CBS13.com said. The man, who works as an armed security guard at Thunder Valley Casino, was trapped in his 2005 Ford Focus about 6 to 8 feet underwater in the 50-degree water of Pleasant Grove Creek, the story said.
After blasting the window out, the man flagged down a passerby and was treated for minor injuries on the scene by emergency crews.
Mayor crashes new fire truck
Grand Ridge mayor Chris Wright, also a volunteer firefighter, took the fire engine out on a non-emergency call, a story by JCFloridian.com said. Wright was attempting to turn the truck around in a private driveway when of the fire truck’s rear tires slid off the road and into a ditch, and then fell over into a pine tree, the story said.
Although emergency vehicles are not allowed to be taken out when there's no emergency, Wright told JCFloridian.com that he needed to let the truck warm up. "With it being so cold, we had just put some antifreeze in the truck. But (the antifreeze) doesn’t do any good without running the vehicle and letting it circulate.”
Swiss court fines speeding millionaire $290,000
Judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, in eastern Switzerland, based the record-breaking fine on the speeder's estimated wealth of over $20 million.
A statement on the court's Web site says the driver -- a repeat offender -- drove up to 35 miles an hour (57 kilometers an hour) faster than the 50-mile-an-hour (80-kilometer-an-hour) limit.
Court clerk Heidi Baumann-Becker said Thursday the unidentified driver can appeal the decision, handed down in November, to the Swiss supreme court. The Blick daily newspaper in Zurich reported the fine was more than twice the previous Swiss record of about $107,000.
Police: Driver passes out, meth lab in back seat
An employee at the gas station in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, called police because the car was sitting at the pump for about an hour on New Year's Day.
Police say a chemical process to make the drug was in progress. Some meth-making ingredients can be explosive. Murfreesboro Assistant Fire Chief Allen Swader told The Daily News Journal that gas pumps were shut off as a precaution.
Thirty-one-year-old Nathan E. Beasley is being held on a $15,000 bond on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, reckless endangerment and manufacturing meth. No attorney was listed in police records.
Local Traffic Reporter Slides Off the Road
Local 12's Bob Herzog said he was only going about 10 - 15 miles an hour down a snow-covered hill when his car started sliding. "All of the sudden I realized, my car is not sticking to this road," he said in a video on Local 12 Cinncinnati.
Herzog was not hurt, but the airbag deployed when he hit the stoop of the Mount Auburn house, the Local 12 story said.
"I felt like Fonzie in the episode of Happy days where all I had left were the handle bars of the motorcycle," he joked.
Man Calls 911 to Go Bar Hopping
Gregory J. Oras called 911 shortly after midnight Tuesday claiming he was being shot at and had been beaten up. When authorities arrived after multiple calls to 911, they found all he really wanted was a ride to another bar -- Hennessy's.
TampaBay reports that he now faces charges for misuse of the 911 system along with battery of a law enforcement officer after kicking the officer in the knees.
Arizona may abandon speed cameras on highways
Profits are far below expectations, a citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, the governor has said she does not like the program, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.
“I see all the cameras in Arizona completely coming down ” in 2010, said Shawn Dow, chairman of Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar, which is trying to get a measure banning the cameras on the November ballot. “The citizens of Arizona took away the cash cow of Arizona by refusing to pay.” Read the entire story
Police: Man uses hatchet on vehicle in road rage case
The suspect left the scene and was followed by witnesses, who gave the vehicle information to authorities. The suspect was stopped, and troopers said they found a hatchet under the seat of his car.
A man, 26, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and other offenses.
Driver praised for ramming patrol car in Utah
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Jason Johnson said the driver tried to stay calm but saw an opportunity to escape when he pulled up next to a sheriff's deputy.
Johnson said the man hit the patrol car, jumped out of the truck and started yelling. Officers quickly arrested the gunman. Johnson said a little damage to a vehicle that can be repaired is better than anyone getting hurt.
Onions Rain Down on Utah Highway
The semitrailer took a sharp curve on the overpass too fast, causing the driver to swerve out of his lane and hit a barrier, a story by UPI.com said. The accident caused the semitrailer to roll over, spilling onions on the highway, and dropping them onto the Interstate below, the story said.
No one was injured, and the truck only had minor damage, the story said. The driver was cited with failure to operate his vehicle in a single lane.
"Strippermobile" to Take Show on the Road
Dubbed Strippermobile Winter Tour 2010, the truck with the Plexiglas cargo area where bikini-wearing strippers perform on-the-go, will hit the road in January, the story said. “We’re going to have them swinging from coast to coast,” Larry Beard, marketing guru for Déjà Vu, told the Sun. Beard says the tour will also be filmed and, he hopes, televised, the story said.
The "strippermobile" made headlines when it was unveiled on the Vegas strip last month as an advertisement for Déjà Vu Showgirls and Little Darlings strip clubs. After outrage from residents, strip shop owners and commissioners who deemed it distracting and worried that it could cause accidents, the mobile was banned from the Vegas strip and parked instead. See more photos
Homemade Blimp Shuts Down Interstate
There were no injuries in the blimp crash, caused by one of the two engines failed and a propeller broke, a story by Newsok.com said. Authorities believe the blimp belongs to Marvin Polzein, president of the Guest Inn in Ardmore, the story said.
This is the second blimp Polzein lost this year; the story said in May, his blimp advertising the Guest Inn broke free and landed 100 miles away in a tree in Texas.
Obese Man Found Not Guilty of DWI
Jaimil Choudhry, 20, was arrested earlier this year on a misdemeanor count of DWI while driving his 1997 Honda, a story by Seacoastonline.com said. His attorney said police are trained to know that some tests should not be given to obese people. At 5'10", 230 pounds, Choudhry is 60 pounds overweight, the story said.
Choudhry was instead found guilty of reckless operation, fined $500 and his driver's license was suspended for 60 days.
Driver Stuck in Cruise Control on Busy Highway
The 22-year-old driver called police as soon as he realized he couldn't stop, a story by News.com.au said. Police caught up with him and used their lights and sirens to clear a path for him in the left-hand lane, the story said. Meanwhile, the driver tried everything from braking, switching gears and removing the keys but all attempts failed, the story said.
Eventually the driver hit traffic and was forced to cross into oncoming traffic, where the car finally stopped, the story said. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital to be treated for shock.
Toyota Pulls "Sexist, Incestuous" Yaris Ad
The car company used Facebook to invite filmmakers to produce an online ad for the Yaris, a small car sold to mostly females, the story said. The film voted most popular features a man talking to his date's father using sexual innuendo with quotes such as: "I'm here to take Jennifer's virginity out tonight," and "I'll have her on her back by 11."
After the film emerged the winner, the Facebook page was reportedly inundated with complaints, the story said. Toyota subsequently removed the video, but you can see it here.
Authorities say angry driver crashed into DMV
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty said she thinks a driver was upset because he didn't make it to the office in time to get in. The sheriff's office was investigating surveillance video of the crash that happened at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The truck broke two office windows and damaged a window frame but no one was injured.
Scientists Create "Perfect Parking" Formula
The mathematical equation was a collaborative effort between Vauxhall Motors and math professor Simon Blackburn, a story by the Telegraph said. The formula reportedly makes even the tightest parking spaces easy to get in, the story said, to help the drivers of Vauxhall's survey which showed that 57 percent of drivers are not confident in their parking ability.
"Parking the car is something that most of us do on a daily basis -- and we all get a little frustrated with it sometimes," Blackburn told the Telegraph. "This was the perfect opportunity to show how we can apply mathematics to understanding something that we all share." See the formula
Duke Student Saves By Living in His Van
Ken Ilgunas, 26, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., is sleeping and eating in his 1994 Ford Econoline in an effort to finish his liberal studies graduate degree without incurring any debt, a story by the NewsObserver.com said. Parked in a space on campus, he uses camping equipment to cook, lives mostly on peanut butter, and showers at the campus gym, the story said. He also knows which buildings provide Internet access and are open 24 hours a day, the story said.
Ilgunas bought the van for $1,500 and converted the backseat into a place where he could sleep, the story said. "People work 40 hours a week and come home and watch TV. There's no beauty or poetry or adventure in that sort of life," Ilgunas told NewsObserver.com. "I recognized I wasn't getting something out of that lifestyle."
Tiger's Alleged Mistress in 2010 Calendar
Jamie Jungers, 26, is one of several women claiming to have had a sexual relationship with the top golfer. But before the Las Vegas cocktail waitress was known as Woods' Mistress No. 4, photographer Jim Gianatsis used her as a model in his racing-oriented calendar, a story by USA Today said. She is featured in sexy poses on superbikes alone or with other models in five months of the calendar. See the picture
Pa. Police: Girl, 13, Led High-Speed Chase
Authorities say the pursuit started around 9:30 a.m. Monday when troopers saw a driver weaving in and out of her lane on Interstate 81 in Swatara Township. Police say the driver wouldn't stop when they tried to pull her over.
The pursuit continued onto Interstate 78. Police say the girl finally stopped the 1994 Pontiac Grand Am on an off-ramp near Fredericksburg. Troopers say the girl was taken into custody and charged with several violations. Her name was not released, and police could not immediately offer more details of the case, including where she got the car.
Corvette stolen in 1970 found in perfect condition
Chance Mayfield was in a bar in Nashville 39 years ago when his car was stolen,a story by the Tennessean.com said. "That ruined my night," Mayfield told the Nashville-based newspaper. When the car didn't show after a few years, Mayfield said he forgot all about it -- until he received a call on his 68th birthday saying his car has been found.
The car was discovered when a collector who bought the car for $65,000 took it to the Arizona department of motor vehicles for inspection, the story said. A routine check of the serial number identified the completely restored car as stolen.
Cowboy Motorist Helps Troopers Lasso Loose Cows
Troopers shut down the highway for about 30 minutes as the man helped load the animals back into the trailer that was carrying them to nearby Enfield, Conn. The cows had escaped into slow-moving traffic near Exit 8 after a latch opened on the trailer.
Police say the cowboy did not want to be publicly identified.
Motorized bar stool from DUI case fetches $1,125
The online auction ended Sunday night with a winning bid of $1,125 for the contraption Kile Wygle crashed in March in the central Ohio city of Newark. He was charged with driving under the influence, later pleaded guilty and served three days in a driver education program.
The bar stool was listed on eBay by the county, which had seized it and planned to use the sale proceeds toward back child support owed by Wygle. The winner will have to pick up the bar stool in person in Licking County. The auction page specified that it would not be shipped.
Carjacker "Too Tall" to Steal Car?
Anne Justima, 31, and her husband Peter, 33, were approached by a 6-foot-tall man wielding a knife while on their way home, a story by UPI.com said. Justima, who drives a Volkswagen, said he forced her to get out of the car, but after taking a look inside he fled on foot, the story said.
"I'm small -- he cannot fit in my car," she told UPI. "And I don't think he could drive the stick shift!" The thief did get away with her iPhone, the story said. Police are investigating.
Drunk Driver Registers One of the Highest Blood Alcohol Levels on Record
Police were called to the scene of a minor accident involving the female driver, who was screened before she was taken to the hospital, a story by FoxNews.com said. The results of her blood test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.385, the story said. As a new driver, her permitted alcohol level was 0.02.
A blood alcohol level of 0.55 is usually considered fatal, but the highest level ever recorded by a survivor is 0.914, the story said.
Woman, 77, says she was pressured into buying a car
Dealership owner Max Holmes disputes those claims and says his lawyers will respond in court. He said his lawyers are trying to resolve the situation. McKnight made her claim under a new state consumer fraud law that makes such suits easier to file.
Town to Record License Plates of Every Car That Comes and Goes
Tiburon will become the first town in the Bay area and possibly the country, to install cameras along its borders, the story said. Although privacy advocates have voiced their concerns, city leaders say that the cameras will help keep Tiburon's already low crime rate down, the story said. After the license plate is recorded, it will be compared to a database of stolen or wanted cars. If there are matches, local officers will receive an immediate alert, the story said. Officers can also review license plates in connection with a crime for the 30 days that it will be available in the database.
Groom Crashes Rented Lamborghini on the Way to the Church
David Gallucci, 33, lost control of the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 just an hour before the wedding, crashing it into a fence, flipping 360 in the air and landing in a ditch, a story by the Telegraph said. The $415,000 car was totaled, but Gallucci walked away with just bruising, the story said.
The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, released in 2006, has a 630bhp V12 engine, which can reach speeds of up to 220mph and go from 0 to 60mph in four seconds.
Thief Drives Stolen SUV Into Jail
Dustin Leeds, 31, was arrested after the stolen Lincoln Navigator he was driving jumped the curb and slammed into the prisoner intake area of the Spokane County Jail, a story by MyFOXPhilly.com said. Leeds, who family members say has a history of mental illness, stopped when he slammed into the wall, the story said.
No one was hurt, but officials estimate $14,000 in damage.
Elderly man drives 370 miles in the wrong direction
Eric Steward, 80, left his home in the rural town of Yass, New South Wales, and took a wrong turn onto the Humes Highway, a story by the Telegraph reported. Steward, who suffers from slight dementia, drove for 370 miles before he pulled over to ask police for help, the story said.
When officers asked Steward why he didn't stop earlier, police told the Telegraph that he said it was because he liked to drive.
Utah teen to challenge citation for McDonald's rap
The teens have said they were imitating a rap from a popular YouTube video, which begins: "I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce." Spenser Dauwalder, 18, has said employees at the fast-food restaurant told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave. But Dauwalder said no one else was in line. He and his three 17-year-old friends left without buying anything.
A manager wrote down the car's license plate number and called authorities, police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow has said. Officers later cited the teens in a high school parking lot outside a volleyball match. Read more at AOL News
Boxing Great's Daughter Crashes Into Building
Earlier this month, Foreman lost control of her Cadillac CTS and crashed into Two Guys Auto Restoration, damaging the garage and five cars that were housed inside, a story by KTRK-TV Houston reported. "She told the officer and the officer relayed to me that she was coming home and was eating cake and that she lost control of her car," owner Guy Stidham, told KTRK-TV. He says repair estimates have come in between $20k - $30k, the story said, but he hasn't heard from Foreman about paying for the damage.
"I would think that with the spotlight being on them as it is, they would be more responsible," he told KRTK-TV. Foreman was not hurt, and she received two tickets for the incident, the story said.
Police: Man upset over ticket phoned trooper's mom
Police didn't think it was funny. They used phone records to trace the call to Demaio's cell phone. The 54-year-old was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment.
The phone at Demaio's home rang unanswered Saturday.
Popular Road Sign Stolen Again
The Star-News of Wilmington reports that a popular sign showing the distance between Wilmington, N.C., and Barstow (BARHS'-toh), Calif., has been stolen for at least the fourth time - and the last. North Carolina transportation engineer Joe Chance says with the repeated thefts, there won't be another sign that tells motorists it's 2,554 miles to Barstow. That's where the interstate ends.
The sign was a familiar sight to travelers heading west out of Wilmington and had been up for years. There are reports of similar problems with a sign on I-40 East in California that shows the distance to Wilmington.
$52 parking ticket turns into $1012 fine
Former Baltimore resident Josh Roberts moved back to his hometown of Seattle in March 2004, the same month Baltimore authorities say he received a $52 parking ticket, a story by the Baltimore Sun reported. Despite filing the correct change of address forms, Roberts says he wasn't informed of the ticket -- which grew to $948 including late fees -- until a law firm for the city contacted him earlier this year, the story said. To contest the fees, Roberts was told he would have to appear in court, which he said would cost him more in travel fees and legal representation than the cost of the ticket.
Roberts told the Sun he paid the fine, which had increased by $64 since he got the notice, and wrote a letter to Mayor Shelia Dixon about his experience.
Woman Crashes Into Aquarium at Airport
Airport officials say Yamile Campuzano-Martine lost control of her vehicle and drove into the saltwater tank Monday night. She told investigators that she was picking up a relative at the airport. Campuzano-Martine had two children in her vehicle, including a 6-year-old boy. Witnesses reportedly saw a child sitting on her lap at the time of the crash.
Campuzano-Martine declined an offer to transport the boy, who had a knot on his forehead, to a hospital. She was also cited for child restraint and failure to provide a driver's license. The aquarium drained during the crash. About 90 percent of the fish in the tank were killed.
South Korean woman passes driver's exam on 950th try
The aspiring driver spent more than 5 million won ($4,200) in application fees, but until now had failed to score the minimum 60 out of a possible 100 points needed to get behind the wheel for a driving test. Cha Sa-soon, 68, finally passed the written exam with a score of 60 on Wednesday, said Choi Young-chul, a police official at the drivers' license agency in Jeonju, 130 miles (210 kilometers) south of Seoul.
Police said Cha took the test hundreds of times, but had no specific total. Local media said she took the test 950 times. Now she must pass a driving test before getting her license, Choi said. Repeated calls to Cha seeking comment went unanswered. She told the Korea Times newspaper she needed the license for her vegetable-selling business.
SUV nearly slams into elephant
"Didn't have time to hit the brakes. The elephant blended in with the road," driver Bill Carpenter said Thursday. "At the very last second I said 'elephant!'" Carpenter, 68, said he swerved his SUV at the last second and ended up sideswiping the 29-year-old female elephant on U.S. 81 in Enid, about 80 miles north of Oklahoma City.
"So help me Hanna, had I hit that elephant, not swerved, it would have knocked it off its legs, and it would have landed right on top of us," he said. "We'd have been history." The couple, who own a wheat farm, weren't injured. But the 8-foot, 4,500-pound elephant was being examined Thursday for a broken tusk and a leg wound. A local veterinarian said it appeared to have escaped major injury. Read more at AOL News
Man says image of Jesus appears on truck window
Stevens said when he first saw the image, he figured it would evaporate and not return. But it kept reappearing for two weeks now.
Stevens said folks at the grocery store he goes to were amazed to see the image. He said he isn't going to wash the truck for a while.
Man Appears Alive at His Funeral After "Fatal" Car Crash
Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, had identified him as the victim of a Sunday night car crash in Parana state in southern Brazil, police said. As is customary in Brazil, the funeral was held the following day, which happened to be the holiday of Finados, when Brazilians visit cemeteries to honor the dead.
What family members didn't know was that Goncalves had spent the night at a truck stop talking with friends over drinks of a sugarcane liquor known as cachaca, his niece Rosa Sampaio told the O Globo newspaper. He did not get word about his own funeral until it was happening Monday morning. Read more on AOL News
"Lucky" Driver Unhurt After Plane Crashes Into Her SUV
A pilot and passenger in a home-built Dragonfly aircraft had just taken off from North Las Vegas Airport when it grazed overhead lines and flew over six lanes of traffic before hitting Candace Porter's SUV, a story by Fox5Vegas.com reported. Then the plane crashed landed in the street, the story said.
The pilot was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the roof of Porter's SUV was damaged. "I'm just lucky," she told Fox5Vegas.com. "Just driving, and all of a sudden, a crash on the top of my car." There is no word on what caused the crash.
Man Dressed as Breathalyzer Caught Driving Drunk
James P. Miller, 20, was stopped by police who spotted him driving down the wrong side of the street without his headlights on a story by the Dayton Daily News reported. Miller told the officer he had nothing to drink that night, while he was reportedly stuffing his mouth with gum, the story said. Police reportedly also found an open beer in the middle console, a partial case of beer on the passenger side front seat and more beer in the trunk of the car.
Miller was taken to the police station where his breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
Cops: TN mechanic disabled parked cars for repairs
Investigators said Walls disabled cars parked at restaurants, waited for the owners to try to start them and then offered his services as a mechanic. Police said Walls charged between $40 and $200 to get the vehicles running again.
He's charged with two counts of theft under $500, but police suspect there are other victims. They're urging anyone else who thinks they were scammed to call them.
Walls was held at the Washington County Jail where a jailer said there was no record of him yet having an attorney.
Drive-Thru Rap Order Gets Teens in Trouble
The teens said they didn't know they were breaking the law by rapping their order, but the drive-thru worker was not amused by their rap and called the police, the story said. "It's just a joke. Honestly they didn't need to take it this far. It's not a big deal." Gage Christensen, 17, told FOX 13 Now. But the manager at the McDonald's said the boys were cursing and disrupting business, and franchise owner Conny Kramer said in a statement that the employee felt her "safety was at risk."
"Who gives tickets to high school teenagers for rapping into a microphone at McDonalds? Who does this?" Sharon Dauwalder, mother of one of the teens, told FOX13 Now. "I just don't understand why or how this could have been blown out of proportion."
Survey: Blame Genetics for Bad Driving
Researcher Steven Cramer, a neurology professor at the University of California Irvine, conducted a study involving 29 people recruited to drive 15 laps on a simulated course with difficult curves and turns. Seven of the drivers had the gene variant, and they had a more difficult time navigating the twists and turns in the course, the story said. "These people make more errors from the get-go, and they forget more of what they learned after time away," Cramer said in a statement.
"I'd be curious to know the genetics of people who get into car crashes," Cramer told CNN.com. "I wonder if the accident rate is higher for drivers with the variant." The gene variant test is not commercially available, the story said.
Kitten Rescue Snarls Traffic
A woman saw the kitten fall down in the storm drain, and called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to help. They tried different approaches to lure the kitten out of the storm drain, including setting up units in lanes on both the north and southbound sides. A fire rescue spokesman said they take animal rescues seriously to prevent people from attempting dangerous rescues on their own.
Eventually, fire rescue put on diving equipment and went down 15 ft into one storm drain, then 30ft into another to get the kitten. The woman who spotted the kitten named him after the fire engine that showed up to rescue him, and took him home.
Passenger-Carrying Cab Driver Charged With DUI
Jose Mirelez, 28, was seen swerving and driving on the wrong side of the road when police stopped him, the story said. Police told the Times that Mirelez smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and failed a field sobriety test, but refused a breath test. Mirelez was arrested and charged with DUI and resisting arrest without violence.
Police aren't sure where Mirelez picked up his passengers or where he was taking them, but another cab driver finished the fare, the story said.
Man Drives Around the World, Wins Bet
Locock's neighbor Alan Lines told him that a trip around the world in his 1977 car couldn't be done, so Locock set out on a 16-month journey to prove him wrong, the story said. He drove through 27 countries, a Taliban attack, floods and an earthquake to win the bet, according to the story.
Lines thought it was a "fantastic achievement," and he told the Telegraph "to be honest, I thought he'd get half way round the world and give up." But for Locock, its just the beginning. He plans to take another drive through Africa, but not in the MG, which he retired from the road when he returned home to Oxfordshire, UK.
Busy Bridge Becomes Picnic Ground
The normally jam-packed bridge was closed to traffic while about 6,000 people gathered on freshly-laid grass in the middle of the highway to enjoy a picnic breakfast of croissants, sausages, bacon eggs and coffee, the story said. There were also several grazing cows nearby, brought in from a nearby agricultural college, the story said.
The event cost more than $652,000 to complete, which the New South Wales government said was worth it, the story said. Nathan Rees, the state's premier, told the Daily Mail that "Breakfast on the Bridge" would likely become an annual event.
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