As we all know, doing hip, youthful things like skateboarding is not a crime. Same goes for wearing those trendy jeans that come pre-ripped and guaranteed to drive your elders to self-satisfied rants about how "we used to throw away those pants." But if you happen to actually be committing a crime, you probably should watch what you wear.
Think twice before wearing jeans like these.Stock photo by D Sharon Pruitt
"On May 7, 2011, at approximately 1:20 a.m., ... I observed a young female with shredded pants walking east on the north side of (the street). With the condition the female's pants were in, I was concerned she might need help," the officer wrote.
He flipped around his squad car and approached the 19-year-old. She was crying, but said she was fine and just having some drama with friends.
"I asked (her) about her ripped pants," the officer reported. "She informed me her pants were made that way and that's how they're supposed to look."
While that resolved the pants problem, her breath had tipped off the officer to something else that teens find hip but adult police do not; a breath test showed a .145 blood alcohol content level. With the young woman already on probation for a burglary and drug sale conviction, the alleged underage drinking was enough to get the ball rolling on a now-pending effort to revoke her probation.
The moral of the story? Don't expect a plain clothes police officer to cut you any slacks.