- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007


Police charge girl, 11, with drunken driving

MOBILE — An 11-year-old girl was charged with drunken driving after leading police on a chase at speeds of up to 100 mph that ended when she flipped the car in a beach town.

A video camera in the police car captured the look of surprise on the officer’s face when he approached the wrecked car and got a look at the motorist.

The Mobile Press-Register newspaper said the patrolman saw the Chevrolet Monte Carlo speeding and flashed his lights to signal the driver to stop. Instead, police say, the car sped faster, traveling at up to 100 mph before sideswiping another vehicle and flipping over in the Gulf Coast town of Orange Beach, Ala., on Tuesday.

The girl, who lived nearby in Perdido Key, Fla., was treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises and released to relatives.

Police also charged her with speeding, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment. The car belonged to a relative, and police were still trying to find out where she got the alcohol.


Bear on power pole stops traffic

LANCASTER — A black bear that climbed 100 feet up a power pole in the sweltering high desert Friday brought traffic to a halt on a highway below as motorists stopped to gawk and take pictures.

“Not a whole lot we could do except keep the people out of the area and let him decide he needs to come down and continue his way on to the mountains, and with the assistance of the Highway Patrol that’s what we did,” game warden Martin Wall told KCAL-TV.

After a couple of hours on the pole, the bear came down, walked across the highway and ran off into the desert scrub.


Ford family auction benefits charity

BEAVER CREEK — They swung Gerald Ford’s golf clubs, flipped through his record collection with personal greetings from the musicians and paged through some of his books. Then they bought the stuff.

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