This week’s dumbest criminal
May 23, 2010
This week’s Dumbest Criminal Award goes to a Nevada woman who was arrested for stealing a bottle of wine from a grocery store while intoxicated…and topless [San Francisco Chronicle]
The aptly-named Brandi Smith, 41, of Gardnerville was arrested May 10 after stealing a $20 bottle of wine from Scolari’s, then driving to a near-by Burger King restaurant in a Corvette, where an off-duty sheriff’s deputy kept her in the vehicle until other deputies arrived.
A preliminary investigation revealed Smith having a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. Smith, who admitted drinking four-to-five 24-ounce beers, has two previous convictions for driving under the influence in California.
Appearing in court last week on charges of indecent exposure, burglary, and felony drunken driving, Smith acknowledged that her behavior has been “mind-boggling” and told the judge, “I just can’t believe I did this after all I’ve been through.”
She is currently in jail on a $5,000 bond, stemming from an October 2009 shoplifting conviction.