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Weird National Briefs (03/04/2020)

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Rude awakening

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A man sleeping in his bedroom was pinned against a wall when a car smashed through the house in Southern California, authorities said.

The man suffered only minor injuries after the vehicle barreled over a power pole, through two yards and into the home in Riverside around 1 a.m. Saturday, fire officials said.

The car almost completely entered the structure, rendering it uninhabitable, the Press-Enterprise reported . There was nothing between the wall and the car except the resident, Fire Department Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst said. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life, a tool normally employed to cut open smashed vehicles, to free the man.

“(He) got very lucky,” Vanderhorst said.

Police arrested the driver of the car, a 22-year-old man. He could face charges including driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and DUI with a blood-alcohol level higher than .08 causing injury, both felonies, the newspaper said.

Damage to the house was estimated at $200,000. Four adults were displaced and went to stay with with relatives.

TME – Dude was just looking to hit a drive-through.

Bird on a wire

PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A missing Florida jet skier took refuge in a stilt house after he lost his water scooter attempting to save a bird caught in a wire.

Cole Torrent, 28, borrowed a friend’s jet ski and launched around 1 p.m. Tuesday. He was reported missing in the evening by the same friend, news outlets reported. The search began at Millers Bayou in Port Richey. The U.S. Coast Guard was called in around 7 p.m. and a few hours later Port Richey police said they found Torrent’s jet ski in a mangrove but not Torrent.

Twelve hours later, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office found Torrent by helicopter Wednesday morning, he was waving at them from a stilt home near the mouth of the Pithlachascotee River.

Torrent told WTVT-TV he saw a bird tangled in wiring and wanted to save it. He docked his jet ski to help the bird but didn’t secure the watercraft and it drifted away from him.

Torrent said he tried to swim to it but got tired because of the heavy current, so he swam to an empty stilt house and broke into it. He said the house had a space heater and a tarp to help him keep warm. He waited until he heard the helicopters.

“I’m a little tired and hungry, but other than that, I was able to manage,” Torrent told WTVT.

Torrent offered to repair the damages to the stilt home but police said he won’t face any charges.

TME – Fowl play is suspected.

Putt paid

OXFORD, Miss. - All that 84-year-old Mary Ann Wakfield needed to do to win a new car was sink a putt across the entire length of the court at the University of Mississippi’s basketball stadium.

Wakfield did just that during a promotional segment at Saturday’s game between Ole Miss men’s basketball team and Alabama. The golf ball she struck rolled 94 feet (28.6 meters) from one end line to the other before dropping into a flag-marked hole.

The crowd erupted into applause as Wakfield flashed an astonished grin and clapped a hand over her head.

Her prize for the long-distance putt: a 2020 Nissan Altima from a local auto dealer.

Keith Carter, athletic director at Ole Miss, congratulated Wakfield by tweeting, “What an incredible moment. Enjoy your new car.”

Wakfield’s good fortune Saturday wasn’t shared by the Ole Miss basketball team, which lost 103-78 to Alabama.

TME – I can’t even walk 94 feet.

Meanwhile, in Arizona …

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A man has been arrested after allegedly being combative and ramming a police car three times during a chase through Flagstaff neighborhoods.

Flagstaff police say 23-year-old Jerrad Bigman was booked into the Coconino County jail Saturday on suspicion of aggravated assault, leaving the scenes of multiple collisions and driving while impaired.

It was unclear Sunday if Bigman has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

Police say Bigman was suspected of being intoxicated and trying to start fights in a strip mall parking lot before the car chase.

Officers arrived on the scene to see a man driving recklessly in the parking lot and hit a pole and a building.

Police say the suspect fled and when officers followed him into a neighborhood, he drove head-on into one of their cars.

They say the man later identified as Bigman continued to follow the car and was hit twice more, disabling the police vehicle.

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers joined the chase and saw the man hit another vehicle before he was finally taken into custody.

TME – Grand Theft Auto: Flagstaff.

Later gator

GROVEPORT, Ohio - Authorities in Ohio have seized an alligator that was being kept in the basement of a home.

According to a Facebook post from the Madison Township Police Department, the owner of the 25-year-old reptile did not have an exotic animal permit and voluntarily surrendered the animal.

State wildlife officials retrieved the animal from the Groveport residence. The American Alligator will be taken to an animal sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

TME – They’re going to check for a crocodile, but only after a while.

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