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GAFFNEY, S.C. — Samantha Rhinehart was sentenced to 20 years in prison after the 28-year-old admitted to being under the influence of meth when she caused a wreck that claimed the life of her 8-year-old daughter and injured two others.
Back in January, Rhinehart was driving a 2001 Ford truck with seven passengers, including her 8-year-old daughter, Anna Marie Rhinehart. She was doing around 62 mph in a 45 mph zone when she lost control of the truck and ended up slamming into a tree. Rhinehart’s daughter was thrown from the truck on impact and died from multiple head injuries.
Rhinehart, who was driving with a suspended driver’s license and admitted she’d used meth sometime before the crash, was arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence with a death, and two counts of felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury.
The charges were upgraded to reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree assault and battery, and child endangerment after tests revealed the that meth was in her urine, and not in her blood, meaning she’d taken the drug shortly before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle with seven passengers.
After pleading guilty to the charges, Samantha Rhinehart was sentenced to 20-years behind bars followed by a consecutive 10-year prison sentence that was suspended to 5 years of probation.
Samantha Rhinehart has a history of driving when she shouldn’t be, with multiple convictions for driving under suspension. Personally, I am all for people being charged with homicide if they kill someone while driving impaired. Hell, I woudn’t care if they were charged with second-degree murder.
Narcotics police on Long Island say two men advertising “pain relief” online were actually selling heroin.
Two men from Elizabeth, N.J., were arrested Monday afternoon in Bethpage, N.Y. They face charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.
Nassau County police say Daniel Bigelow and Gustavo Arce-Giron placed an ad on Craigslist for pain relief for sale.
Undercover detectives contacted the telephone number in the ad and arranged a meeting. That’s when police say they bought 40 bags of heroin from the duo and arrested them.
It was not immediately known if the men are represented by attorneys.
VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) -
Sheriff Mike Byrd said buckets of what appeared to be human feces were left out in an attempt to cover the strong smell of pot.
Monday, agents with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County executed a search warrant in the 10000 block of Highway 57, and discovered a large scale marijuana grow operation. Besides the pot and the pots of feces, they also found cash and marijuana cultivation paraphernalia inside the home.
Henry Ha Nguyen, 41, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (Marijuana/Methamphetamine) while in possession of a firearm, and one count of cultivation of marijuana (more than 10 pounds in a 12 month period).
Animal control officers also seized two Sheppard-type dogs that were being used as security at the home.
Agents then executed another search warrant at a home in the 1200 block of Londonderry Lane in Ocean Springs, where they believe Nguyen actually lived. That’s where they seized a large amount of cash, marijuana, Ice (a purer form of meth), hashish, along with assorted firearms and assault rifles.
Nguyen is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center pending an initial court appearance.
Join a 420 tour to smoke weed in Colorado
US State set to be a weed-smokers dream destination
Amsterdam used to be the place to go to smoke weed on your travels. However, Colorado in the United States could join Amsterdam as a weed-smokers dream destination if two Denver locals have anything to do about it.
Matt Brown and James Walker have started a travel company aimed at those looking to take advantage of the state’s new marijuana laws which allowed the recreational use of marijuana last November.
According to NBC News, the company known as My 420 Tours sets travellers up in “pot-friendly” hotels, takes them on tours of marijuana dispensaries, and secures tickets to pot-related events and gigs.
The state of Colorado legalised recreational use of marijuana towards the end of last year although the commercial side of things – that is, selling the drug to others – is yet to be approved. To get around this, Matt and James facilitate introductions between travellers and those involved in the local cannabis industry.
“It’s an opportunity for people who prefer marijuana to alcohol to come to Colorado and know that they’re not going to have to walk around downtown asking strangers for pot,” Brown told NBC.
Their first tour slated for the end of April has already been a sell-out, but the duo hopes to offer more pot-themed travel packages and a few other events in the future.
The tours offer a glimpse of what the future of pot tourism could look like. Since it’s still illegal to buy or sell pot for recreational use in Colorado, My 420 Tours introduces enthusiasts to local players already involved in the business of bud.
Do you think you’d specifically go somewhere to sample the local flora on your gap year? As ever, post your comments below!
Some pet owners legally give their dogs antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication.
Now that several states, including Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana use, one veterinarian says that dogs dealing with chronic pain and other debilitating conditions should be allowed to benefit from the medicinal effects of cannabis.
That doesn’t mean dog owners should blow pot smoke in their beloved pets’ faces, Dr. Doug Kramer said in an interview with Vice Magazine.
Doggy medicine: Veterinarian Doug Kramer says dogs dealing with chronic pain and other debilitating conditions should be allowed to benefit from the medicinal effects of marijuana
Proof: Dr. Kramer he said that after he ‘dosed’ his own dog Nikita, who had been suffering from terminal cancer, she was up and about and enjoying a better quality of life until she reached her end
But he acknowledged that after he ‘dosed’ his own dog Nikita, who had been suffering from terminal cancer, she was up and about and enjoying a better quality of life until she reached her end.
Medical marijuana can also be used to give felines the munchies when they’re not feeling hungry, said Kramer.
‘We’re using it on cats … as an appetite stimulant,’ he told Vice, noting how picky cats become about what they eat when they’re sick.
All told, any animal with cannabinoid receptors, including pigs, chickens, monkeys and rats, could feel the effects of THC, Kramer said.
But the non-human marijuana users wouldn’t smoke it.
They would receive it in a tincture or in food cooked in oil or butter made from cannabis.
The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.
This protein is produced in healthy blood cells, but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.
With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.
So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice’s immune system to kill the cancer cells.
IT IS a penalty more commonly associated with classroom than court room. But convicted drug dealer Terry Bennett has been told to pay for his crime by writing a 5,000-word essay.
However, after Judge Julian Lambert heard that a recurring shoulder injury put paid to any physical work, he took the unusual step of ordering Bennett to write a 5000-word essay on the negative effects of cannabis.
If he fails to submit it by his deadline at the beginning of next month, the suspended sentence could be activated and he would be sent to jail.
Bennett, a father of two who has no previous convictions, was told to write the essay on the ‘dangers of drugs’ at Bristol Crown Court.
The former plumber said yesterday: “I asked the judge if I could write a balanced argument for and against cannabis, but he said that since it’s illegal I should only write about the bad things. I’m just going to do my best to write about certain dangers caused by cannabis that people might not know.”
Bennett, who claims jobseeker’s allowance, was originally sentenced in October last year after a police raid on his home in December 2011 uncovered 996g of cannabis and $3919 in cash.
He then missed two court-ordered work placements at the British Heart Foundation in Kingswood, Bristol. He had been given the job of moving heavy furniture, but could not carry out the work because of the injury.
Bennett, a former plumber, has been carrying out research and plans to structure his thesis around the mental health consequences of smoking cannabis. He added: “I’ve got a drugs conviction, so for me to subsequently take on a more serious role in society it is imperative that I prove to everyone that I’m clean and steering clear of cannabis, purely because it is illegal.”
Bennett, who lives with his mother in the village of Cold Ashton, near Bristol, admitted the charges but was unable to do the unpaid work because of a shoulder injury he suffered during a snowboarding holiday six years ago.
As well as the essay, which has to be handed in to his probation office, Judge Lambert gave Bennett a four-month curfew order between 8pm until 6am and is currently wearing an electronic tag.
He also voluntarily provides samples to be tested for drugs, so social services will allow him access to his sons, who live with their mothers.
Bennett said: “Hopefully the essay should be quite good, but it’s been ages since I last wrote an essay. I have already done a bit of research. I’ve always loved writing.”
Elementary school teacher and her son arrested for ‘growing marijuana in the closet of their upstairs bedroom’
Police seized 22 marijuana plants, three grow lights, two filters, two fans, smoking pipes and a glass bong from the Nashville, Tennessee home Nancy Hall (right) shared with her son, Liam De Jongh-Hall (left). Nancy Hall said the plants belonged to her and that she used them for personal medicinal use.
Some 60,000 college students descend on South Padre Island, Texas every year for spring break as many dance the night away in clubs as well as guzzle booze all day in the sun and wind up being sent to a makeshift medical tent.
The days-long parties parties at the U.S. at Coca-Cola Beach, one paramedic described the scene as being worse than Iraq.
The carnage took place at a 32-bed mobile triage unit set up backstage to cope with what the Travel Channel has dubbed ‘the largest beach party on the planet.’
Anything goes: A partygoer boy drinks beer off the chest of a girl as others look on at the debauchery. Approximately 60,000 college students go to South Padre Island every year
Can’t stand up: A severely intoxicated girl is helped by police and a male friend after too much partying during spring break. One medic said the scene inside the medical tent is worse than what he saw in Iraq
Police officers haul off a severely intoxicated girl and rush her away for treatment at the medical tent, where 32 beds are set up for patients. Others go to the vambulance — an air conditioned van for the walking wounded
Yet what is supposed to be a fun weekend of sun, sea and sand soon turned into something far more sinister.
In one day alone, there there were more than 60 casualties including at least 15 people who had taken drugs.
Among them was a girl of 19 who ‘freaked out’ while on ecstasy.
Dozens more, many of whom were underage, had drunk too much and either passed out or collapsed in the arms of medics.
One one woman does a keg stand, drinking directly from the keg while being held upside down, as another reveler, wearing a red sombrero is taken to the medical tent. One day last year saw 93 people need to go to the tent in just one day
Padre, as it is known, was recently voted the second most trashy Spring Break destination by Code Magazine (Las Vegas was first) and it wasn’t hard to see why.
The mood could be summed up by the T-shirts on sale in the stores, all of which were in garish neon capitals.
They ranged from: ‘You only live once’, to the partygoers’ manifesto: ‘Alcohol and Molly (another word for ecstasy) and party and sluts.’
Another bestseller reads: ‘Don’t tell your madre what happened in Padre.’
Over the last weekend there were things obvious to even the most casual observer that would make any parent deeply concerned.
But what was perhaps most shocking was the attitude of the authorities – who seem compromised by the huge amount of money that the partying brings to their economy.
Coca-Cola beach sits in front of the Isla Grand Hotel on what should be a picturesque part of the Texas coast on the border with Mexico.
Instead it is littered with rubbish including thousands of discarded beer cans which are collected at the end of each day by Mexican immigrants (they get 65 cents a pound for the recycling, one told me with a smile).
Dirty dancing: Clubs stay open till 2 a.m., making for a full day of partying which can lead to this scene of two girls kiss as one man holds one of them in mid-air as others look on. The days of partying bring in approximately $20 million to the town
Two girls make out during a day at the beach as two men excitedly look on. Women are repeatedly encouraged to take off their tops for beads by men at the beach
Given that cocktails cost up to $9.50 each in the bars, the culture is all about drinking on the beach, which the local authorities have helpfully authorized.
That puts them in the bizarre position of having thousands of underage girls and boys breaking the law under their nose, but anyone who brings glass on the beach gets a $500 fine.
Partygoers stock up on beer and liquor at stores like Ben’s Liquor where you can get 1.75 liters of 40 per cent proof vodka for $11.99.
They buy a beer bong for 99c at a beachfront store and then head to stage where they dance around to ‘heart-thumping music.’
Three revelers party on South Padre Island, Texas where 1.75 liters of vodka sell for $11.95 at local liquor stores but individual drinks go for $9.50 at clubs
Around 1pm on Saturday things were still good natured.
Groups of college students had dug trenches in the sand to make a table on which they were playing beer pong.
Different colleges had planted their flags in the sand and there were cheerful reunions as football teams who had played each other that season toasted their each other over a Bud Lite.
Corporate sponsorship was everywhere. Aside from the Coca-Cola signs on the stage, Vitaminwater sunglasses were being handed out and there was a Vitaminwater stage where you could have your picture taken.
The National Guard had sponsored a basketball court where games of 3 on 3 were underway. Razor company Bic had set up a stage where you could get a free shave.
The crowd cheered during the sexiest man and sexiest woman contest.
Hip hop blared out of the speakers.
It seemed like good fun, but the darker side of things was never far away.
A female reveler is groped on her left breast as she puts her hands in the air. T-shirts sold in gift shops around the beach have phrases on them like, ‘Don’t tell your madre what happened in Padre.’
Groups of men often gather round a woman and chant for her to take her top off, as this woman has just done
A crowd of beach goers gathers around as a woman lifts up her top, prompting a shower of beads and beer during a Spring Break party. One beachgoer recalled seeing another woman fall over and then groped by men who walked passed
Daniel, a secondary school math teacher who was on holiday with his friends, told how during last year’s Spring Break in Padre the girls he was with fell over on the ice chest and as they were on the floor some men started trying to grab their tops off.
When Daniel remonstrated with them he was rebuked and told: ‘What’s your problem?’
Before everyone tucked into an orange vodka jello shot, his friend told me about his wild night the previous evening.
Beach goers spray beer into the air as they party on Coca Cola Beach, where groups of students play beer bong after digging ditches in the sand to set-up tables
He said: ‘I met this girl at the music festival that’s going on in town. She was rolling (on ecstasy). I left and was back at my hotel and texted to ask if she wanted to stop off at my hotel as it was on the way back to hers.
‘She texted back: ‘OK, let’s f***.’
‘She came over and we had sex and I fell asleep. She said she wanted to stay but I told her no as she didn’t have a wristband for the hotel. I had snuck her in the back otherwise it would have cost $30 for a night pass which I didn’t want to pay, so she left.’
A reveler drinks directly from a keg. Students set up flags in the sand to ‘honor’ the colleges they come from
A pair of revelers meet up in the street at closing time after partying at Louie’s Backyard
A female party goer flips off the crowd as she gets booed and jeered for refusing to show her breasts as many other women do
By 4pm, the mood on the beach had changed.
Arms flailed everywhere, bodies writhed and dozens of teenagers danced in mobs to the pounding techno music.
In front of me a teenage girl suddenly grabbed her female friend and started grinding against her.
A crowd of men formed and began shouting ‘t**s out! t**s out! which she did after initially refusing to do so.
Her ‘reward’ was a slap on the buttocks from a male companion.
Another girl in another ‘t**s out!’ circle flashed her breasts and was given a can of Bud Lite by a man who said: ‘She’s one baddass b****!’
The 25,000 strong crowd would inexplicably roar at something, which caused others to roar too and spray their beer into the air.
A teenager sitting on someone’s shoulders bit into two cans of Bud Lite at the same time, sending a shower of beer all around him.
THE 15 TRASHIEST SPRING BREAK DESTINATIONS
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. South Padre Island, Texas
3. Daytona Beach, Florida
4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
5. Orlando, Florida
6. Lake Havasu, Arizona
7. Miami, Florida
8. Panama City Beach, Florida
9. Key West, Florida
10. Fort Myers, Florida
11. Tampa, Florida
12. Virginia Beach, Virgina
13. Scottsdale, Arizona
14. New Orleans, Louisiana
15. San Diego, California
A teenage boy opened a can of Bud Lite then drank it off a girl’s breasts. When the story was later recounted to another partygoer who was wearing a cap with the word ‘t*****s’ on it, he said: ‘Awesome!’
During an aborted attempt to drink out of a beer bong, a girl ended up covered in Budweiser. He male friend said, pointing to her t-shirt: ‘You got it wet, take it off!’ He added, pointing to his large bottle of Miller Lite: ‘Whatever he says is the rules.’
Soon after the casualties began to appear.
A portly woman who could no longer stand was hauled out of the crowd by two male companions where she became abusive towards them.
A teenage girl collapsed behind the toilets with saucer like eyes and vacant look to her face.
Party’s over: A police officer handcuffs a party goer as police try to clear revelers off of Coca Cola Beach
She’s getting down: Crowd members cheer as a participant performs in a dance contest at the Isla Grand Hotel
Most of them ended up at the medical tent behind the main stage, which was actually two 16-bed mobile units which are designed to be deployed in wars or natural disasters.
Each was staffed by a nurse and paramedics and was set up to relieve the pressure on hospitals and stop the teenagers being slung in a ‘drunk tank’ in the local jail.
Helpless: Police assess a severely intoxicated girl before helping her off of Coca Cola Beach
It was a disturbing sight.
One girl said she had been doing CPR on her 19-year-old cousin after she collapsed whilst dancing because a stranger had given her a white pill with ecstasy inside.
A teenage boy was led in saying: ‘No drugs. I’m not dumb I’m just drunk.’
A boy of a similar age was hauled in dripping with water having been hosed down outside to cool him down, again that distant look to his eyes.
Other cases were wheeled in and wheeled out.
A teenage boy in a red sombrero who had vomited over himself was unable to talk coherently and only managed a zombie-like groan.
A pale-looking girl who looked no more than 20 wearing a bandana was pushed out on a stretcher wincing with pain.
Revelers who need medical attention are brought to this make-shift tent at Coca Cola Beach
A man in his 50s had apparently been taking Vicodin and drinking and had to be restrained when he got violent. He wore a t-shirt with the slogan: ‘Drinking alcohol comes with responsibilities.’ The woman he was with burst into tears.
Those who were treated on site were put in a cubicle made of plastic sheets, hooked up to an IV to rehydrate them and left to sleep it off for however long it took.
Looking down the corridor of feet sticking out in the sickly yellow light streaming through the tent ceiling, it looked like a makeshift morgue rather than a hospital.
An EMT shook his head and told me: ‘We had some military guys here who have served in Iraq and they said they had never seen anything like this.’
A Texas State Trooper orders a drunk reveler to leave as police work to clear the beach
Two girls enjoy their time away from the classroom as they dance with each other at a nightclub on South Padre Island
The party continues into the night as partiers head off to Louie’s Backyard where they dance, and of, course, drink more
By 4pm the triage tent had handled around 60 patients mostly aged between 18 and 22. Some 24 had been taken to hospital in the ‘vambulance’ — an air conditioned van for the walking wounded, but others had been taken by ambulance.
But it seems that day was not the worst of it – the previous year up to 93 patients came through the doors of the tent every day, of which 34 had to be taken to hospital.
Meanwhile at the La Copa Inn nearby the party continued with the pool so packed with dozens of partygoers dancing to more ear-splitting techno that it was almost impossible to get in.
Two girls on the shoulders of two male companions kissed each other to the cheers of the crowd.
One girl was groped by two different men as she cheered with her arms in the air, oblivious to what happened.
Anyone wondering why she had so many beads round her neck only had to recall ‘local custom’ that if you give a girl some beads she has to show you her breasts.
Party goers dance on the outdoor deck at Louie’s Backyard
The party doesn’t always end after the club closes. Often, people continue the celebration back at their hotels, which cost around $40 per night
As per the routine on Padre, come 9pm most people went back to their hotels for a bit, had a snooze, a shower and hit a club until 2am.
This included Clayton’s, the largest beach bar in Texas, where Paris Hilton recently made an appearance and where over the weekend Trojan condoms were launching their new brand, called ‘Pure Ecstasy.’
After that, who knows.
As late as 3am, a group of men were burning the tire of their motorcycle right outside the door of their Super 8 Motel room, making a racket that would have woken up the entire hotel.
The following day Coca-Cola beach was closed because last year at the site on the same day Derek Madrigal, 21, a Brookhaven College journalism student from Dallas, was stabbed multiple times by alleged Mexican gangsters.
The thinking was that if the beach was closed there wouldn’t be a stabbing on the beach (though clearly it could just as easily happen elsewhere).
Instead thousands of teenagers assembled there anyway because they had not been told otherwise.
Wild crowd: A contestant pulls off her T-shirt for the crowd as she participates in a bikini contest at Louie’s Backyard
With no music to focus the crowd’s energy, circles formed around teenagers fighting each other including one yob with tattoos and a bloody cut to his head.
Circles also formed around girls with up to 30 men shouting ‘suck his c***!’ as opposed to yesterday’s ‘t**s out!’
One girl who showed her breasts was showered with beer, the symbolism of which was hard not to read in crude sexual terms.
When the police moved in there were a few flare-ups and we saw one student put in handcuffs after police waded in and drew their batons to drag him away.
Around 50 officers separated the crowd of 2,000 and kept them moving along the beach until they dispersed into the side roads.
Fun: Spring breakers dance the night away at Louie’s Backyard
A female party goer drinks from a beer bong. Entire trips to South Padre Island can cost just $200 for college students
Back at the triage tent there had only been seven casualties as the crowd had been moved on, but they did include a man who was so drunk he didn’t realize his swimming shorts had fallen down to his ankles.
At that stage, only the most committed partygoer could have taken any more.
Our stay in Padre lasted for two days and two nights but some people had been there for a week.
The attraction is simple to understand – if you book in advance it can be very cheap, and once you arrive the people are happy to sell themselves cheap, especially it seems if you are a woman.
The Isla Grand offers packages for $39 per person per night for a cabana including a free bracelet for entry to the hotel, which normally costs $20, and free entry to another bar.
With Love2Padre.com The Saida Towers nearby offers rooms at $35 per person per night for a condominium right on Coca-Cola beach.
Springbreak.com advises travellers that they need to budget between $200 and $300 per person per trip spending money.
So assuming that the 60,000 people who visited spent all of that and were paying just $39 per person, Spring Break would bring in $20m to the local economy.
The reality however is likely to be significantly higher.
The Padre Island tourism board was unable to provide a total figure for how much it brought in and could only say that sales tax and hotel taxes raised nearly $1m.
Even that is a lot of money for the permanent residents, who number just 2,800.
People in the crowd cheer and take photos and video as a participant in a bikini contest takes the stage at Louie’s Backyard
Locals claim that Spring Break is a blip – especially last week as it was Texas Week, when all the Texas colleges come – and that for the rest of the year it is a family orientated resort.
And Padre Island wasn’t always like this, of course.
It was first settled in 1804 when, according to the National Parks Service, Catholic priest Padre Jose Nicolas Balli founded a ranch 26 miles north of what has become the tourist area.
Unusually for a man of the cloth, his religion did allow him to make a profit on the land, which he duly did by raising large herds of cattle, sheep and horses.
Come the 1980s, that mercantile spirit seems to have resurfaced when ski instructors from Colorado came down to Padre in the summer because of the windsurfing.
Word got out and here we are 30 years later with South Padre Blvd, the main road through the island, packed bumper to bumper in both directions from afternoon until the wee hours with more pick up trucks than a rodeo parking lot – and more pick ups than a Columbian brothel.
Traffic is so bad it can take two hours just to get over the bridge to get onto the island, which is just 2.3miles long.
A college student chugs a beer in a crowd of Spring Break revelers at Coca Cola Beach on South Padre Island, Texas, where there were 1,000 DWI arrests during last year’s spring break
Padre tourism spokeswoman Mary Hancock did not reply to requests for an interview.
When MailOnline ran into her at the medical tent backstage from Coca-Cola beach she said that she ‘does not take much notice’ of lists like the one which ranked her island as the second trashiest place to Spring Break.
She said that people like that ‘have to have something to talk about’ and that Padre was going to be on the list because of the limited number of places that could be.
She added: ‘We are working very hard to un-trash it’ before excusing herself and moving away to deal with a French film crew.
Another official who seemed remarkably calm about the madness unfolding around him was South Padre Island Fire Chief Burney Baskett.
Emergency medical technicians try and lift up a drunken reveler after they hosed him off on the grass. Officials estimate that they have to double the number of emergency personnel during spring break compared to the rest of the year as there are five times the number of 911 calls
He said that Spring Break was a ‘yearly ritual’ that the town goes through and that it cost his department $30,000 each year.
The number of staff more than doubles including the beach patrol, which is his responsibility.
Emergency calls also go up from between five and 10 a day to more than 50 with most for partygoers who have been out in the sun too long and have collapsed through dehydration.
Chief Baskett said that the partygoers were a ‘pretty well behaved crowd’ — thoughts that, in fairness, were echoed by local shopkeepers.
He told MailOnline it was a ‘fine line’ as to whether to ‘tax impact’ outweighed the negative impact on the community.
‘It’s the continuous argument we have with ourselves. Is it worth the cost in terms of money and what’s happening?
‘My personal assessment is if they didn’t come here they would go somewhere else. It’s not like you’re going to stop them partying so they might as well come here.
‘This has been going on in Padre for 30 years, we have a lot of experience. We know what to expect.’
A party goer is taken into police custody. There were over 400 felonies during last year’s spring break
Another unspoken consequence of the partying is crime.
According to the South Padre Department of Public Safety there were 1,000 DWI arrests during last year’s Spring Break, 9,400 speeding citations, 1,500 seat belt-related offenses and 12,500 other citations.
There were a total of 545 fugitives who were arrested – that’s people on the run from the law who were picked up – and 402 felony arrests.
Over the weekend I was there there were no stabbings but there was a horrific DWI wreck which saw several people airlifted to hospital with broken collar bones, a broken pelvis and internal bleeding.
A 19-year-old who was on probation for resisting arrest was held by police.
Padre Island police chief Randy Smith was not available for interview, neither was anybody from the Isla Grand Hotel or Coca-Cola.