- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2015

A Texas State University student is making waves on social media for using a Barbie jeep to get around on campus after losing her license and car after getting a DWI. 

Tara Monroe’s license was automatically suspended when she refused a Breathalyzer test when she was pulled over after a concert in March, MySanAntonio.com reported

Ms. Monroe was arrested with a $3,000 bond. 

Ms. Monroe’s father then took the 20-year-old’s car away as punishment for the DWI. 

In order to get around town, Ms. Monroe decided to buy a battery-powered Barbie Jeep on Craigslist. She paid a little girl named Charlene $60 for the new ride, which she dubbed “Charlene.”

Now students are posting photos and videos on social media of Ms. Monroe cruising around campus in her hot pink miniature jeep. 

Ms. Monroe said she wasn’t surprised by the attention, rather she welcomed it. 

“This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame,” she told MySanAntonio.com. “Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet. …”

While Ms. Monroe’s plight is amusing, other say they are happy the student’s drunken driving didn’t end in tragedy. 

“We’re glad that she’s OK and her parents are taking the issue seriously. This is an example of some of the consequences that come with drinking under the legal age of 21. Fortunately it didn’t end in tragedy,” Amy George, senior vice president of marketing and communications of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told NBC.


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