Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Beautiful When Not Drooling

An article on the FoxNews website explained how actress Mischa Barton was in trouble with the law. There was a photograph, likely from a promotional folder, showing her natural beauty. Then there was the mug shot taken the night of her arrest, less than flattering.

“Court papers obtained by show the former star of "The O.C." was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while having a 0.08 percent or higher blood alcohol level, driving without a valid license and possession of marijuana 28.5 grams or less.”

Many years ago I arrested a young woman under similar circumstances, the details aren’t important other than she was intoxicated beyond belief and had to be taken to the county hospital for observation rather than risk placing her in jail. Since I’d arrested her, it fell on me to sit at the hospital as babysitter.

The end of my shift was approaching and another officer, George Shaw, came to relieve me. I mentioned how attractive the woman was and what a shame she’d put herself in such a situation. George glanced at her and said, “Not bad if you don’t mind women who drool out the corner of their mouths.”

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