What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever been pulled over for? Oh yeah? Well Meghan Barnes has you beat by just a hair.
Trooper Gary Dunick pulled Ms. Barnes over after he noticed her car driving a bit erratically in the lane before slamming into the back of another vehicle. The reason why is something he’ll never forget. She was busy shaving her “swim suit place.” You know…to get ready for a date with her boyfriend. Was she steering with her knees? Why, no – her ex-husband was helpful enough to do that for her. He was just a bit distracted at what was happening and lost track of the road.
“She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit,” Trooper Gary Dunick said. “If I wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have believed it. About 10 years ago I stopped a guy in the exact same spot … who had three or four syringes sticking out of his arm. It was just surreal and I thought, ‘Nothing will ever beat this.’ Well, this takes it.”
If that weren’t enough, Megan Mariah Barnes was not supposed to be driving and her 1995 Ford Thunderbird was not supposed to be on the road.
The day before the wreck, Barnes was convicted in an Upper Keys court of DUI with a prior and driving with a suspended license, said Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne. Barnes was ordered to impound her car, and her driver’s license was revoked for five years, after which time she must have a Breathalyzer ignition interlock device on any vehicle she drives, Dunne said. Barnes also was sentenced to nine months’ probation.
Troopers charged Barnes with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance. Judy was not charged.
Barnes faces a maximum of a year in jail if found guilty of violating her probation due to the wreck, Dunne said.
It just makes us feel all fuzzy inside that this is the state that decides so many elections.