Friday, February 6, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Florida Man Issued More Than 50 Traffic Citations in One Day
A Boynton Beach Florida man has been arrested on more than 50 traffic citations — all in one day.
Boynton Beach police said 46-year-old Elvis Alonzo Barrett fled from police trying to stop him for a traffic violation Thursday morning. Police said he ran through red lights, crashed into another car and a fence.
L-test hell for S Korean driver
A South Korean grandmother has failed her written driving test 771 times.
Police in the city of Jeonju said the 68-year-old woman has taken, and failed, the written test repeatedly since April 2005.
She failed the exam once again on Monday but has said that she will continue trying.
The woman, identified only by her family name Cha, has repeatedly scored between 30 and 50 marks, below the pass mark of 60 out of 100.
The Korea Times reports that Mrs Cha sells food and household items door to door at apartment complexes.
She currently carries the items in a handcart, but thought that she might need a car for her business.
Police estimate she has spent more than four million won (£2,000) to take the written test, with each test costing 6,000 won, in addition to other expenses.
"I feel sorry every time I see Cha fail. When she passes, I'll make a commemorative tablet myself and give it to her," says Park Jung-seok, a traffic police officer.
Mrs Cha has said that she will be back for another attempt. If she passes, then she can begin the practical test.
Man in wheelchair reportedly flashes Des Moines driver
A Des Moines woman told police that a man in a wheelchair exposed himself to her in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The suspect has not been identified and no arrests have been reported.
The 20-year-old woman said she was dropping off a man at the apartment complex in the 2800 block of Douglas Avenue about 1:15 a.m., on Wednesday. The woman told police she saw the man in the wheelchair in the lot. She asked him where he was going and if she could give him a ride.
Police said in a report that the man told her it was none of her business where he was going.
He allegedly wheeled himself over to her car window, locked his wheelchair, lifted himself up on one leg and exposed himself to her. He then thrust himself against the driver's side window. The woman reported the incident about 20 hours later and told police she would like to pursue charges.
Pregnant 14-year-old six times over drink drive limit
A pregnant 14-year-old driver was allegedly six times over the legal alcohol limit when she was pulled over in Whangarei on Tuesday night.
Acting Sergeant Kevin Crawford told the Northern Advocate the girl, who was four months pregnant, was stopped after her driving caught police attention.
She allegedly gave a false name and had difficulty spelling it.
She was forbidden to drive and taken to Whangarei police station, where she recorded a breath-alcohol level of 828mcg. The legal limit for drivers under 20 is 150mcg and driving licences are not issued to people under 15.


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