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December 6, 2006
Float Driver Tanks Up

This story is just too weird to ignore. A float driver in a South Carolina parade got drunk and led police on a three-mile chase after swerving out of line during the event -- carrying 18 terrified riders on the float the entire way:

A man driving a float in the Anderson Christmas parade has been charged with drunk driving after he passed another float then sped down Main Street, police say.

When officers caught up to 42-year-old David Allen Rodgers, he had an open container of alcohol in the truck he used to haul the children and adults on the float for the Steppin' Out Dance Studio, Anderson Police spokeswoman Linda Dudley said.

Witnesses said Rodgers was driving in line in Sunday's parade when he pulled out to pass a tractor in the float. Rodgers sped down Main Street and ran a red light, while a witness on the float called 911 on a cell phone, police said.

One of the children on the float was Rodgers' own. I don't think he'll be getting Father of the Year awards any time soon.

Rodgers faces more than just DUI charges. Police booked him on 18 counts of kidnapping as well as assaulting an officer, whom he attacked once he pulled off the road. All told, the driver faces over three dozen charges related to this incident. He'll be lucky to attend the Christmas parade in 2010 after this stupidity.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 6, 2006 10:33 PM

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