Some criminal cases are unusual, humorous or just outright odd. And there's no shortage of them on the Treasure Coast. This column will highlight cases that often leave observers shaking their heads.
Some people apparently never learn their lesson.
Such was the case with a Fort Pierce man who was stopped because he was walking down the street with an open container of beer.
A St. Lucie County deputy also discovered a warrant was issued for the arrest of the man.
He was accused of failing to appear in court on a charge of violating the open container ordinance.
Caught in a lie
A Port St. Lucie woman who received worker's compensation for an injury said in a deposition she couldn't do hardly anything after an injury. She reported that she couldn't do lawn work, such as weeding, housework or other physical activities.
She said she "spends a typical day in bed," an arrest affidavit said. "She said she usually does nothing."
She also said in deposition that she "couldn't even lift a gallon of milk like for two seconds if I tried to hold it," the affidavit said.
But when an investigator conducted surveillance, it was a different story. The investigator saw her doing weeding for 20 minutes. That involved bending over, though she had previously said she couldn't do it.
The investigator also saw her helping move furniture.
At least they didn't see her running in a marathon race.
A budding magician
An Indian River County deputy apparently wasn't impressed when a Vero Beach woman, while in his vehicle, told him, "I have a trick to show you," according to an arrest affidavit.
The woman somehow managed to slip one wrist out of the handcuffs.
The report did not explain how she did it, but it could be the start of a new career for her as a magician after she resolves her criminal charges of battery and resisting an officer with violence.
She was arrested after deputies responded to a call about an altercation between the woman and another woman. When initially put in the vehicle, she started banging her head and kicking the windows of the vehicle.
Although she did get her hand out of the handcuff, she hadn't perfected her trick to the point where she could escape from the vehicle.