28 March 2008

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (160)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the (Eureka, California) Times-Standard (via QuizLaw) (from Monday, March 24; link good at time of posting):
A Crescent City woman is heading back to prison and her friend also is facing two years behind bars after a botched attempt at stealing a urine sample from a delivery van.

Denise McClure, 24, and her friend, 26-year-old Krystal Evans, flagged down a DHL delivery van on U.S. Highway 101 just south of Klamath in December 2007, said Del Norte County District Attorney Mike Riese.

Both women were on probation at the time, and were required to be regularly screened for drugs through Del Norte Superior Court's drug court.

After the two flagged down the southbound van, Evans told the driver she'd forgotten to put something in a package and asked that the back of the van be opened, Riese said. McClure then grabbed a bag of urine samples and started to look for Evans' test, Riese said.

The driver heard one of the women say, “I gotta get the stuff or I'll go to prison,” and after he threatened to call law enforcement, they fled, leaving the samples behind, Riese said.

It turned out that Evans' urine tested clean, but an oral swab test conducted after the attempted theft came back positive for methamphetamine, Riese said.

”It's one of the more nonsensical crimes I've seen in the 20 years I've been in law enforcement,” Riese said.

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