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

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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