Pictured above is the beautiful Overseas Highway — “the highway that goes to the sea” — which links the Florida to its island keys over its length of over 100 miles. It’s the route you’d take if you were driving to Key West, recently described in Conde Nast Traveler as one of the 10 best small cities in America.
When driving through one of the most scenic roads on the continent, you could to choose to look around, take in the double beauty of nature and engineering, open the window and breathe in the ocean air, and look at the stunning cloud formations that come as a result of the Gulf Stream.
Indiana native Megan “Plucky” Barnes, better known on Twitter as “Pubic Enemy Number One” was travelling with her ex-husband Charles Judy to visit her boyfriend in Key West. State Trooper Gary Dunick, the officer who arrested her, said that she “wanted to be ready for the visit” and decided to multitask by shaving her bikini area while driving.
Below-the-belt landscaping requires a certain amount of focus, so Barnes, in an attempt to be a safe driver, enlisted her ex-husband, who was siting in the passenger seat, to hold the wheel steady during the more delicate parts of the procedure. I’ve heard of being on good terms with your ex-spouse, but this a bit extreme.
When a SUV ahead of them slowed down to turn, they plowed right into it. Two of its passengers had minor injuries as a result of the crash.
Barnes was driving with a suspended license and had already been convicted the day before for driving under the influence, so the ex-couple decided to not to stick around. They exchanged seats in order to make it appear as if Charles Judy was driving. The problem was that in the crash, only the passenger-side airbag had fired, and Judy had burns on his chest from its deployment.
When asked why she didn’t brake when she saw the SUV slowing down to turn, Barnes’ response had a very “Florida” quality to it: “I told you, I was shaving.”