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This Week In Stupid

By Joanna Miller in News on Jun 30, 2006 6:59PM

This week was a little light on the stupid, but we know it’s just because you’re saving it all up for the big holiday weekend. Grills, beer, fireworks – the possibilities are endless. No, seriously, we want you to be safe and commit no crazy crimes. Really, we do.

  • 2006_06_30cart.jpgA 72-year-old grandmother from Tilden, Ill., is paying damages to local police after leading them on a low-speed chase throughout the tiny town while driving her golf cart. Lorraine Barton said the mayor gave her permission to use the cart on errands to save gas, but he denied granting her on-road privileges. Barton was on her way to the post office when the Tilden police chief tried to pull her over for driving an unauthorized vehicle. The two vehicles eventually collided.
  • A Chicago woman has been charged with one count of felony retail theft after using her mentally disabled daughter to steal clothes from the Calumet City JCPenney. Police say 38-year-old Maria Barrios packed $1,250 worth of children’s and adult clothes into her 18-year-old daughter’s backpack. Her daughter has severe Down syndrome and was not charged with any crimes. Barrios could face two to five years in prison if convicted.
  • Remember the woman who was caught driving drunk with her two children and a drunk Chihuahua? She pleaded guilty this week to reckless driving and child endangerment and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $3,635 in fines and court costs. She’ll also have to complete alcohol counseling. Last month, she was convicted of failing to provide humane treatment of a pet and fined $100. The Chihuahua has been placed in a new home.

Golf Cart May Flip!! via A.Currell