Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Police find joint in suspect's hair

PALO ALTO, Calif. (UPI) -- Police in California said they discovered a marijuana cigarette hidden in the dreadlocks of a suspect arrested on 10 charges.

Palo Alto police Sgt. Dan Ryan said Melvin Robbins, 21, of Mountain View, Calif., was pulled over for speeding at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, and officers soon discovered marijuana in the vehicle, the Palo Alto Daily News reported Thursday.

Investigators said Robbins, whose license was suspended, initially gave officers a false name, and they discovered he was on probation for a domestic violence charge and had four outstanding felony warrants when his real identity was established. A search of the car also yielded a gun with the serial number scratched off.

Robbins was arrested on the four warrants, three gun violations, marijuana possession, driving with a suspended license and giving false information to an officer.

Police said an officer noticed Robbins still smelled of marijuana at the Santa Clara County Main Jail, and a marijuana cigarette was discovered hidden in his dreadlocks.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Man Fined for Following GPS to Cliff

HALIFAX, England (UPI) -- A man who followed bad directions from his satellite navigation device and got his car stuck on a 100-foot-high cliff was fined $1,470 by a British court.

The Calderdale Magistrates Court in Halifax, England, was told Robert Jones, 43, was driving in the nearby town of Todmorden March 22 when his TomTom navigation system instructed him to drive down a dirt path leading to the cliff, The Sun reported Wednesday.

Jones continued driving until his BMW became stuck on a fence at the brink of the cliff. He paid $1,650 to have his car recovered from the location.

The court found Jones guilty of driving without due care and attention.

Jones said the incident has not soured him on the TomTom device.

"I still use mine. It's the only time it's ever let me down," he said.

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