New Orleans police say Thomas Robert Harter tried to avoid a field sobriety test by jumping off a bridge into a chilly lake.
If you want to immediately FAIL a field sobriety test, opt to just jump off a 20ft-high bridge instead of completing it...
New Orleans, Louisiana, Robert Harter enjoyed his St. Patrick's days celebrations, downing more drinks than he could handle before deciding to drive himself straight home ~ well not "straight!" Motorists called local authorities and reported a man swaying on the road and driving like a total idiot. Louisiana Police responded and requested Robert Harter pull over his vehicle.
Harter got out of the car waving his arms in the air, smelling like brewery and wearing a green St. Patrick's Day necklace. When the officer asked for his vehicle registration, Harter got back into his car and showed the officer a pile of paper scraps and CDs.
These antics prompted officers to ask Harter to take a field sobriety test. Harter agreed before suddenly absconding and throwing himself off the side a bridge into a chilly lake, despite police officer's attempt to capture him.
Conditions were rough with 15 to 20 mph winds and chilly waters. Harter was also wearing jeans, boots and a camouflage T-shirt ~ perfect for swimming right? All southbound lanes on the highway were closed for about a half hour as rescuers looked for Harter, fearing the strong currents would sweep him into oblivion.
Luckily, Harter managed to grab onto a utility building at the base of the bridge. He was hauled out of the 60-degree water intact and arrested for his 8th drunk-driving charge. Harter was also charged with resisting arrest, careless driving, and booked as a fugitive on an outstanding warrant for a hit and run, which actually makes the whole incident make a little more sense.
Harter is being held on a $15,000 bond on the alleged driving violations and is still alive despite his best efforts.
Happy Saint Paddy's Day....but don't be an asshole like this guy!
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