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When spinning doughnuts in front of the police station didn’t get her the attention she wanted, an allegedly drunk Helena, Mont., woman parked her vehicle, went to the window at the law enforcement center, and asked for assistance in getting arrested for driving under the influence. “She was upset that she had been driving around spinning in circles and no officers had arrested her,” said Helena Police Chief Troy McGee. Julie L. Pennington’s request was finally granted. She had also allegedly crashed into a vehicle parked near the police station and took out the bumper of her 1991 Jeep Cherokee by hitting a retaining wall in the backside of the building. “She said she was breaking the law on purpose to try and get arrested,”McGee said. “We’ve never had anything quite like that.” The 39-year-old woman was charged with misdemeanor DUI, driving with no insurance, careless driving, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended license, and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Police say she remained too intoxicated to appear before a judge. (JW/Helena Independent Record) ...What? They took the word of an admitted drunk?
Original Publication Date: 09 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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