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Regular readers know that The Juice is a personal injury lawyer. During the course of his career, he has had several cases with the same key fact as this one, brought to you via the Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey).

A Pittstown man was charged with numerous offenses after a hit-and-run accident reported Dec. 27, at approximately 8:15 a.m. Patrolman Sean Ross was dispatched to Riverbend Road in the area of Moebus Place for a report of property damage. He found damage to a front lawn, a mailbox and bushes.

Unfortunately for the scofflaw, that’s not all the victim found.

The homeowner also provided Ross with a New Jersey license plate that was found among the damage. The license plate returned to a black 1992 Ford Mustang. Officers soon located the vehicle, which contained obvious damage, at a nearby residence. Ross thereafter charged Cody Papa, 21, with numerous motor vehicle violations, including reckless driving, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, and failure to report a crash.

Doh! Here’s the source.

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The Juice often blogs about the misuse of Tasers by the police, but not this time. No, this time the use appears to have been justified – it’s just that the officer’s aim was abysmal! As reported by The Orlando Sentinel:

An unusual injury followed a confrontation in downtown Orlando last month when police tried to disarm a man outside One Eyed Jack’s sports bar, records show.

Rather than shoot Travis James Rodriguez for not dropping a Glock pistol on Dec. 8, a police officer used an electronic stun gun that delivers 50,000 volts through prongs tethered by tiny wires. One prong punctured Rodriguez’s right eyeball as the Taser automatically discharged a five-second shock, according to Orlando police.

Of course the bar was called One Eyed Jack’s.

“Rodriguez had removed the gun from his waistband and was holding it up at chest level, parallel to his body,” Officer Jason Portilla wrote of why he triggered his stun gun. “As a result of Rodriguez turning his body…one of the Taser prongs struck Rodriguez in the right eye. The other Taser prong struck …his left side.”

Rodriguez, 22, was admitted afterwards to Orlando Regional Medical Center for an undisclosed period of treatment. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.

Rodriguez gave police a false address and could not be reached Friday. The incident report was recently released after a request by the Orlando Sentinel.

You’ll find the source, including a mug shot, here.

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At a boot sale, which is roughly the equivalent of a swap meet, an elderly couple must have been delighted with the lovely plant they purchased. Certainly it was treated quite well, as evidenced by its incredible growth. So why is this Juiceworthy? As reported by the BBC:

An elderly couple have unwittingly grown the “biggest cannabis plant” police officers had seen after buying what they thought was an innocuous shrub from a car boot sale.

Oops.

The couple, who live in Bedford, had planted the drug in their garden.

Police officers were astounded when they spotted the plant. They have collected it and a spokesperson said it would be disposed of.

The couple will face no action from the police.

Whew.

The officers took to their @bedfordlpt Twitter account to express their surprise at the find, saying: “Seized today. Elderly couple bought shrub at car boot sale, tended carefully – biggest cannabis plant we had seen!!”

Here’s the source. (See the tweeted photo above.)

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We searched the entire place, and he’s not here. Or … is he? Per the Northwest Florida Daily News:

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies went to an apartment on Miracle Strip Parkway to arrest a man who had outstanding warrants. They unlocked the apartment using a key given to them by a resident and ordered the man to come out. He refused.

An initial search failed to reveal the man, so deputies searched again.

Curse you thorough police! – the man must have thought. Why?

They found a large pile of clothes in a closet and thought the man might be hiding under them, so they ordered him out. Once again the man refused.

He was told to come out several times but didn’t, and eventually had to be physically removed from the closet to be handcuffed.

As this was going on, the man was on a cell phone talking to another person, the deputies reported.

So, in addition to losing this round of the game, and facing the outstanding charges …

He’s been charged with resisting arrest without violence and has a Jan. 7 court date.

You’ll find the source here.

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The Juice has blogged about people stealing entire ATMs before. But this? As reported by thebrooklynpaper.com:

A lowlife swiped thousands in cash from a Third Avenue money machine on Dec. 27 — then doused the dollar dispenser in chlorine, cops reported.

Security cameras caught the villain breaking open the automatic teller between 79th and 80th streets at 3 am and taking $8,000 from inside — before pouring bleach all over the machine, cops said.

Who knew? Looks like at least one ATM manufacturer has some retooling to do!

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You’re really going to make a federal case over a can of beans? Well, yes. Because that was no ordinary can of beans, as reported by The Hartford Courant.

Police on Saturday arrested a Fair Haven man who they say received a kilogram of cocaine through the mail that had been hidden inside cans of beans.

So maybe it was a few cans of beans.

William Suarez-Claudio, 26, of 63 Market St., was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell ten ounces or more of narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1500-feet of a school. The drugs had a value of more than $100,000, police said.

Who spilled the beans?

Officers from the New Haven police department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit, working with inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service in Connecticut, intercepted a parcel that had been mailed in Puerto Rico.

After obtaining a search warrant, police opened the package and discovered the cocaine. It had been divided and hidden inside sealed cans of kidney beans. The beans had been removed and replaced with water. The cocaine had been compressed into large chunks, wrapped in plastic and covered with petroleum jelly, police said.

The parcel was delivered to 63 Market Street, first floor, where it was received by the first floor resident, Suarez-Claudio, police said.

Snap! It’s the fuzz. Head for the back door!

Suarez-Claudio attempted to flee through the rear of the apartment building as officers were coming through the front door to execute a warrant, but police stationed in the back yard took him into custody. Suarez-Claudio had the parcel in hand as he attempted to flee, police said.

Should have known they always cover the back door, at least on TV. Here’s the source.

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You may like shopping at Walmart. You may like working there, or you may have no choice but to work there. But if you think they give a damn about their employees, spend 30 minutes on the internet and you’ll learn otherwise.  The Juice can understand an employee doing something unwise to try to protect his benevolent boss’s business. This clearly doesn’t fit in that category. As reported by wftv.com:

A Walmart manager had an unexpected ride down a Florida Interstate in the back of a truck after he tried to stop a man and woman he suspected of shoplifting beer late Monday afternoon.

First mistake: chasing someone down for beer! What if they turned around and shot him? It’s just beer!

The manager, Mike Dawson, said he noticed the pair leaving the Titusville, Fla., store with a shopping cart containing beer. He said when he asked for a receipt, the two headed for their truck.

“I had asked them for a receipt and they kept throwing beers into their car,” said Dawson.

As the two began to back up and leave the parking lot, Dawson said he was forced to jump into the back of the truck.

Forced?

“I ran up to get their license plate, but when I realized how close I was, I jumped in the back so they didn’t run me over, ” Dawson said.

Doh!

The truck traveled along several streets and at high speeds down I-95. Dawson said the two stopped the truck twice.

“One time they tried to beat me up and I lost my glasses. The second time was in the back woods somewhere, I was like, ‘I’m not getting out for you to run me over,'” said Dawson.

So how did he escape?

Dawson said he used the only thing he could to try to get someone’s attention – the stolen beer.

“I kept throwing beers from the back of the truck, not at people’s cars but towards people’s cars, hoping that someone would call the police,” said Dawson.

Enter our hero.

Witness Dave Stewart said he saw the truck turn down a remote road in Brevard County, Fla. “Well, I just saw all the beers alongside the road,” said Stewart.

Stewart said as he caught up to the truck, it stopped. He said he had his gun on his hip, ready to use. He told the driver of the truck that he had called the sheriff.

“The gentleman in the back got out, and as soon as he did, the other guy jumps into the pickup truck and just leaves,” said Stewart.

So the pursuit of some stolen beer could have turned into a shootout…

Dawson said the man who stole the beer had a tattoo on his chest that read either 1987 or 1997. The pickup truck was blue with LH as the first letters on the license plate.

Investigators are still looking for the pair. They said they are checking to see if they are the same couple believed to have stolen beer from a Palm Bay, Fla., Walmart recently.

Still, nobody got the full license plate! Here’s the source, with a video news story.

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Who knew that your undergarments are infused with your scent? Pretty much everyone, except for this woman, who tried to outsmart a police dog by stripping down to her bra and panties before fleeing. As reported by tcpalm.com:

A 25-year-old woman found in her bra and panties after a traffic crash told an officer she stripped off her clothes to try to “conceal her scent” from a police dog.

But Angela C. Ferranti’s disrobing plan last week apparently didn’t work as Kilo, a police dog, tracked into a wooded area in central Port St. Lucie where she was found, according to a recently released report.

Doh!

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It might be tempting to simply chalk this one up to bad timing, but the dude tried to steal the hottest item in the world on the first day it was available! As reported by WDRB (Louisville, KY)

According to an arrest report, on Thursday afternoon, 21-year-old Raylon J. Brooks an employee of UPS, removed an iPhone — worth $649 — from a shipping pallet and hid it inside his boot, then tried to walk out of the building with it.

But it didn’t quite work out as he planned.

How could this ingenious plan have failed?

“UPS did a random audit today, and as employees were leaving, they made them take their shoes off,” the arrest report states.

Random my arse.

Police say that, when Brooks took his boots off, the iPhone fell out.

Brooks allegedly admitted to stealing the iPhone and gave a written statement. He was arrested and charged with theft.

Given the available choices: (1) What? How’d that get in there? (2) No hablo Ingles. (3) I was just checking to make sure the facility is secure. (4) Okay, you got me… – It’s hard to give the guy too much credit for fessin’ up. Here’s the source.

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So you didn’t hear about the sale at Macy’s where, for a very limited time, everything was $5? Well, there is a catch. There’s always a catch. As reported by wpbf.com:

Vasthi Marseille and Marline Santelus were arrested Thursday on charges of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud.

Wait. You’re arresting them for buying things on sale?

Police said the women [Macy’s employees] selected almost $1,000 worth of merchandise that they manually marked down to $5 apiece while working at the Macy’s in the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Yeah. Who would ever figure that out? It’s not like it would be in the computer or anything. The back story of this brilliant crime is truly fascinating:

According to the arrest report, Marseille said she knew of another sales associate “who had done unauthorized price adjustments for other employees in the past,” so she figured “why not?”

Or not. Here’s the source.