Florida Teen Gets Three DUIs in a Month but Avoids Jail Because She Didn't Realize Smoking Weed Could Lead to a DUI

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Kimberly McCarthy, an 18-year-old Tampa woman, racked up three DUIs in an 18-day span this spring, which seems like a mixture of serious problems, serious stupidity, and serious bad luck (who knows how many times she was driving under the influence and didn't get caught?). But the teen won't be facing jail time. Instead, a judge sentenced her to rehab, in part because she told police she wasn't aware "smoking marijuana and driving would be a DUI."

McCarthy didn't even have her full driver's license yet at the time. She only received her learner's permit in November 2011. Yet, according to the Tampa Bay Times, she had already been stopped earlier this year for driving without an adult, careless driving, and not wearing a seat belt.

Then, on February 23, she got her first DUI. Police pulled her over and found an open bottle of rum, 12 Xanax pills, pot, and a bong. She was charged with misdemeanor DUI and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Six days later, she was sent a letter by the Department of Highway Safety that her license had been revoked. That didn't keep her from getting behind the wheel.

On March 11, she was stopped again. She racked up another misdemeanor DUI and told police she had smoked pot four hours earlier. She was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Then, the very next day -- yes, the very next day -- she rear-ended a stopped car. Police found more pot, a bong, a roach clip, and a glass pipe in her car. They charged her with a felony DUI.

This time, she was denied bail, but she will avoid additional jail time. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell ruled that McCarthy will be headed to a treatment center instead of the big house. She will remain in jail, though, until a bed at a treatment center is available. 

Following treatment, she will be under supervision for three years. During the first two, she must wear an ankle bracelet. After that, she will have a year of probation. Her license has also been suspended for six months.

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Master Bradster
Master Bradster

Good defense guys, "GEE YOUR HONOR, I DIDN'T KNOW SMOKING MARIJUANA/DRINKING WHILE DRIVING WAS AGAINST THE LAW IN THE good STATE OF FLORIDA"!!!

Canis_lupo
Canis_lupo

Must be great being white, anyone else would have been locked up w the first arrest!

Biggerbrule
Biggerbrule

If she was black or hispanic she could've claimed it was racial and got off  scotch free so no it isn't great being white in a darkening U.S.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Okay, so she "avoids jail," but simultaneously "will remain in jail until a bed at a treatment center becomes available."  Perfect. 

Walkinpnis
Walkinpnis

Dumb bitch should b tattooed on her forehead.

seep
seep

being white is incredible!

seep
seep

"That didn't keep her from behind the shell." awesome

ivxx
ivxx

I would've still been in jail after the first stop... and the license (which she didn't have yet) is suspended for 6 months... then what, she's back on the road..? it pays to be white...

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