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The Key to His Problem

Shawn Martines, 25, flagged down a Pasco County (Fla.) sheriff’s deputy to ask for some help. Martines said he let a woman put toy handcuffs on him — and then discovered they were real, and she didn’t have the key. He had managed to get the left side off, and asked the deputy to release the other side. Before doing so, Dep. Joseph Zoccoli told Martines he’d need to pat him down. When he did so, he found a hypodermic syringe in Martines’s pocket, and some drugs. “As one handcuff was already applied to his right wrist,” Zoccoli wrote in his report, “I applied the second handcuff to Shawn’s left wrist,” arresting him on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. (RC/St. Petersburg Times) ...Tip for Shawn: don’t represent yourself in court.
Original Publication Date: 22 August 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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