So a man who was pulled over during a routine DUI checkpoint in Hollywood on Christmas Eve apparently had a body in the trunk of his car. The body belonged to a buddy of his.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were performing a sobriety test on the man after pulling him over at John. U. Lloyd Beach State Park. They had noticed an open beer in his car and detected booze on his breath, the report says.
"I don't want to freak you out," the man reportedly told the officers, "but I have someone in the trunk."
Official law enforcement training says that when a person says something like, "I don't want to freak you out, but I have someone in the trunk," you must handcuff that person and arrest him.
So, they did.
The officers had the man open the trunk, and inside they found the body. The body was alive and well and probably a little freaked out there were cops staring down at him.
Turns out, the man in the trunk was working a court-ordered community service job at the park. AND ON CHRISTMAS EVE OF ALL DAYS. So he decided he needed to book it and get his drank on with his buddy.
So the two hatched the fool-proof plan of throwing him into the trunk of his own car so they could then sneak off and get to all the boozing. But the man needed to sneak back into the park to get credit for the job he never did.
Where the two went wrong was the whole open-beer-can-in-the-car thing.
Also, driving drunk.
Also, sneaking off from a court-ordered job and then trying to sneak back in to get credit for it.
Also, the driver had an outstanding warrant.
So, really, this whole thing wasn't really well-thought-out or executed.
But it's the thought that counts.
The man in the trunk was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive his car. Both were arrested and booked in Broward County Jail.