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Louisiana Man Gets Arrested For Driving a Walmart Cart Under the Influencer

It’s a common occurrence: you go out with your girlfriends to wind down, have a few drinks, and the next thing you know, you’re very aware you’re in no shape to be driving. Luckily, the majority of us make the decision to call an Uber or recruit a sober friend as a designated driver. But not everyone acts so responsibly.

You needn’t look far to find stories of intoxicated people using any means necessary to get from point A to point B when they’re under the influence. There’s the story of the man who drove a lawn-mower to the liquor store, the man who got his fourth DUI from riding around his bike while drunk, and of course, the college junior who was charged with a DUI after being caught driving her toy Barbie Jeep around campus while trashed. Make no mistake: just because you’re not driving a car when you’re drunk, doesn’t mean you still aren’t endangering your own life and the lives of others.

On November 3rd, a man in  Denham Springs, Louisiana was arrested for stealing a motorized car from Walmart and driving it to the local bar so he could continue drinking. 

The arrest was reported on the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, a platform that chronicles some of the most outrageous and insane crimes that the Terrebonne parish’s locals have committed. But this post has struck a chord with the page’s followers, racking up 154 comments, 273 shares, and a feature in Vice magazine. According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department, the deputy on duty arrived at a local bar in response to a phone call he received that an “individual had arrived there driving the cart”. 

When the deputy arrived on the scene,  he observed a motorized Walmart cart parked between two cars in the bar’s parking lot. The man, named Brice Kendell Williams, claimed he took the motorized cart from the local Walmart and drove it over half a mile to the local bar because he believed he would be “charged with DWI if he drove his own vehicle” to the bar. The deputy arrested Williams, under the felony charge of “unauthorized use of a moveable”. William’s bond was set at $2500.00. 

It’s possible the Williams’ story is gaining traction because of how ironic it is. 

Simply by trying to avoid breaking the law (driving while under the influence), Williams ended up breaking the law anyway–this time, committing a felony. Not only did Williams put his own life in danger as well as endanger the lives of the other people on the road, but he also was charged with theft. Believe it or not, those carts are meant to stay on the Walmart premises. 

It’s also worth noting that Williams could have avoided this entire disaster if he’d just called a ride share service. According to a study conducted by the University of California at Davis and Moll Law Group, in the two years after ride-sharing services began in certain California cities, drunk-driving arrests “declined by 32 percent in San Diego, 28 percent in San Jose, 26 percent in Sacramento and 14 percent in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco-Oakland area”. Ride-share services aren’t just for people who don’t have access to reliable transportation–they’re changing people’s habits with drinking responsibly. 

Of course, there were a few Twitter users who couldn’t help but comment on the absurdity of this entire situation:

Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, someone drives a motorized Walmart cart to the nearest bar while drunk. If this isn’t concrete evidence that the world is coming to an end, we don’t know what is!

Some sympathetic Twitter users are calling this man a hero.

If by “hero” you mean the next winner of the annual Darwin Award, then yes. Yes, he is a hero.

This person feels that the man who was arrested should at least get an A for effort:

For some reason, we doubt the police were viewing the situation in the same way.

This man made the observation that this story seemed even stranger than fiction:

Really–you can’t make this stuff up! Especially since most motorized carts in shopping centers only have their batteries charged enough for a few rounds around their stores.

This man pointed out the irony of Wiliams’ situation: 

With the advent of smartphones, technology has made it possible for convenience to be right at our fingertips. There are no excuses anymore.

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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