A Florida lawyer runs naked through a parking lot and jumps into the wrong car; a New York man poses as a transit worker in an attempted locomotive theft; and a woman is accused of being all bite and no bark with a Delaware State Police trooper. "The Crime Blotter" will always have some bite.
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A prosecutor who may have had too much to drink thought it would be funny to run naked across a parking lot and hop into a friend's car -- but authorities say it was the wrong car.
Monroe County officials say Albert Tasker, a 28-year-old attorney with the Monroe County State Attorney's Office, jumped into the back seat of a car occupied by a woman waiting for her boyfriend. The woman yelled, her boyfriend showed up and scared Tasker out of the car.
The woman called police and when they arrived, they found a still-naked Tasker in the middle of the parking lot.
Tasker faces misdemeanor disorderly intoxication and indecent exposure charges. His employers have placed him on administrative leave without pay.
NEW YORK -- A man who was repeatedly arrested for posing as a New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority worker has pleaded guilty to attempted locomotive theft.
In June 2004, law enforcement officials said, Darius McCollum, 39, entered a Long Island Rail Road yard, presented himself as a safety consultant and asked how to operate a new type of engine. McCollum, authorities said, was later found with stolen keys, including those used to operate a new locomotive.
McCollum has been arrested 20 times for allegedly posing as a subway motorman, bus driver and transit token clerk. At the time of his arrest for the attempted automotive theft, he was on parole. He pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted grand larceny and faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced March 28.
NEW CASTLE, Del. -- It wasn't another Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield fight -- or a scene out of Dracula -- but a woman was arrested for allegedly biting a Delaware state trooper.
Authorities say the trooper was dispersing a large crowd in the parking lot of the club Fantasia on Feb. 19 when Veronica Nickey, 37, and a 17-year-old male refused to leave. This ultimately sparked a struggle in which Nickey allegedly bit the trooper behind the right armpit and in the back.
Officials say Nickey left several teeth impressions on the trooper's shirt and body armor but didn't break any skin. Nickey was charged with assault while the 17-year old was issued a criminal summons for disorderly conduct.