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1 hour ago, NeverMarryAStripper said:

Well where else would you eject from a fighter jet? Inside the hanger would probably be a bad place

There is always the runway.

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(Not a fighter jet, I know, but why let the facts get in the way?)

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@Sbbruin to the white courtesy phone

Speeding tickets for motorists driving at more than 100 mph are up 87% in California because of lighter traffic caused by stay at home order

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The number of tickets written for driving in excess of 100 mph in California nearly doubled since the state enacted state-at-home order 
The California Highway Patrol show 2,493 citations were written for driving the excessive speed for the month period that followed the March 19 order
That reflects an 87 per cent increase from the same period the year before when 1,335 tickets were written for the same violation 
During the same period, traffic volume declined 35 per cent, according to the California Department of Transportation
One unnamed motorist was arrested after officers clocked him going 165 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro on Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano

 

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5 minutes ago, Sbbruin said:

Years of pent up driving in traffic and all of the sudden the freeways are wide open.  

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Trooper busts 5-y.o. driving an SUV, saves Arnold Schwarzenegger's life:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/us/utah-boy-driver.html

‘You’re 5 Years Old. Wow!’ Child Is Stopped on Highway Headed for California

The boy was driving to California to buy a Lamborghini, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

Spoiler

The trooper could not see a head above the seat’s headrest, and thought the driver might have been impaired.

But when he approached the driver’s side window on Monday, the trooper was surprised by what he saw: a young boy wearing a gray Utah Royals soccer hoodie.

“You’re 5 years old. Wow!” the trooper, Rick Morgan, said in the dash camera video of the traffic stop. He then asked him, “OK, where did you learn how to drive a car?”

The boy, who was not identified, had managed to drive about two to three miles from his home before he was pulled over in the southbound lane of Interstate 15 in Ogden, a city about 38 miles north of Salt Lake City, according to the authorities.

The Highway Patrol shared video and details of the episode on social media, where it quickly gained attention. Like the trooper, people wondered: How did the boy manage to get so far without injury or damage to the vehicle? Where was he trying to go? And where did he learn to drive?

During a news conference Monday, Trooper Morgan said that “when the window came down, I wasn’t quite sure what to think.”

“It absolutely was not what I was expecting when I saw the driver,” he added.

He said the boy was sitting on the front edge of the seat “so that he could reach the brake pedal.” It was not clear how well he could see through the windshield. The trooper helped the child to put the car into park position and to shut it down.

At first, he thought the boy appeared to be 8 or 9 years old.

“But he insisted he was 5, and his family confirmed he’s 5 years old and he will be 6 next month,” Trooper Morgan said.

The boy, who gave short or one-word answers, was on the verge of tears during the stop, the trooper said. The boy explained that he left home after an argument with his mother, according to the Highway Patrol.

“She told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini,” the Highway Patrol said in a tweet. “He decided to take the car and go to California to buy one himself.”

In the dash cam video, the boy is heard telling the trooper that his sister lives in California, and that he was trying to get to her house there. The boy had $3 in his wallet, the trooper said, and was heading on a road toward the state.

“He was all set to make the trip,” Trooper Morgan said at the news conference. “It amazed me that when he heard my siren that he did pull over and stop.”

The Highway Patrol said that the boy’s parents had been at work and that he was with a sibling at home when he took the car. His parents were looking for their son when the police reached them.

The keys to the vehicle had been left on a hook at the family’s residence, the authorities said. The boy’s parents said that “he’d not driven before, this was the first time he’d done anything like this,” according to Trooper Morgan.

“They didn’t have any more answers than that,” he said.

Trooper Morgan also urged parents, generally, to keep a close eye on their children as best they could. “Kids are kids and they get an idea in their head and don’t realize what it takes to pull that off, and I think that’s what happened here,” he said. “Young man decided he wanted to go to California and buy a car. He grabbed the keys and he was off.”

Lt. Nick Street, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said that during his time on the road, he had seen some cases of 12- and 14-year-old children driving cars that surprised him.

Asked about Monday’s episode, he said it was “very shocking that a child, age 5, would know how to drive, get on the freeway and go the right direction to California to his destination.”

As of Tuesday, no charges have been filed in the case, Lieutenant Street said.

“The case is in the screening process,” he said, adding that the Weber County Attorney’s Office may file charges or give the case to a lesser court in Ogden.

Trooper Morgan said that the boy probably realized something was wrong with the situation, though he might not have understood it completely. “I do think he’s probably had a life lesson,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll see him in the situation again soon.”

 

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Firefighters were called just after 9:30 p.m. to Fiechtner Drive and Westrac Drive for a vehicle in the roadway on fire. A short time later, Cass County deputies say they found a man pounding on the door to the jail and saying he was high on methamphetamine. He told them his car was on fire and he was running from police.


https://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Man-arrested-after-car-fire-in-south-Fargo-570300101.html

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Searched but did not see posted anywhere.

Loose tiger lassoed on street in Mexican suburb

May 15 (UPI) -- A surprised witness on a street in Mexico captured video of the surreal moment a loose tiger was lassoed by a man wearing a cowboy hat.

Footage filmed from the safely of a passing vehicle in a suburb of Guadalajara, Jalisco, shows the tiger walking loose down a sidewalk while three men chase the large animal.

One of the men, wearing a cowboy hat, manages to lasso the tiger, which then pulls the man out of the video's frame.

Authorities confirmed they received witness reports about the loose tiger and its pursuers, but the big cat and the men were gone from the area by the time they arrived.

Reports indicated the tiger may have escaped from a private residence in the area, but authorities have not identified the animal's owner or any of the men seen in the video.

 

 

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Judge faces dismissal for masturbating during trials:

 

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Police built a case against the judge after one of Wall's officers testified during a 2003 murder trial. From the witness stand, the officer saw a piece of plastic tubing disappear under Thompson's robe.

During a break, officers took photographs of the pump under the desk.

Investigators later collected carpet samples, Thompson's robes and the chair from behind the bench, and found semen, according to court records.

Thompson was a former state legislator and a judge with more than 20 years on the bench in Creek County in eastern Oklahoma.

Thompson's court reporter, Lisa Foster, told authorities that she saw him use the pump at least 10 times during trials.

She said the first time in court was in 2000, but she did not tell authorities. "I didn't want to be found dead in a ditch somewhere," she said.

 

 

https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Judge-faces-charges-for-masturbating-during-trials-1945301.php

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Investigators later collected carpet samples, Thompson's robes and the chair from behind the bench, and found semen, according to court records.

Police semen sampler.  I hope that job pays well.

Thompson was a former state legislator and a judge with more than 20 years on the bench in Creek County in eastern Oklahoma.

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15 hours ago, Horn Under a Bad Sign said:

Woman didn’t put mayo on sandwich, fight broke out, couple jailed on drug charges
 

I'm going to need to know what kind of sandwich is was before I pass judgement. 

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Technically a PSA instead of a news story, and Shaggy reminiscent rather than Surly, but Bikephags (karma?):

 

 

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Not a Swiss miss

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This is pretty impressive. 

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A man who tracked his girlfriend’s phone to the Arlington Police Department was arrested on a DWI charge after showing up intoxicated at the jail, where she was being held on the same charge, police said Friday.

At about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Arlington police pulled over Jalissa Hallcy in the 4900 block of South Cooper Street because she was driving with no headlights, said Jesse Minton, an Arlington Police Department public information officer. The Arlington woman was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

About an hour later, Hallcy’s boyfriend, Richard Phillips, used Find My iPhone to track her location and ended up in the jail parking lot next to patrol vehicles, police said.

An officer made contact about 3:45 a.m. with Phillips, who was walking toward the back door of the police station, Minton said. When the officer spoke to Phillips, he could smell an alcoholic odor and noticed Phillips’ speech was slurred. 

Phillips, who is a resident of Grand Prairie, told the officer he was looking for his girlfriend. 

Both Phillips and Hallcy have been released. Their bond was set at $750 each.

 

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