Just going for a Sunday drive
All my grandpa ever did when I was a little kid was offer me a shot of schnapps and a beer when I'd visit.
Couple jailed for pulling granddaughter from SUV in toy car
SARASOTA - A Sarasota couple is accused of taking their 7-year-old granddaughter on a very dangerous ride.
The sheriff's office said the grandparents tied a toy car to the back of their SUV and started towing the little girl! The grandfather is in jail; the family is trying to raise the $850 he needs to get him sprung.
His wife, the grandmother, was able to make bail and she told us, in a word, what they did, was stupid.
"Stupid idea," said Belinda Jean Berloni. "Stupid idea, I agree, I agree."
The 47-year-old grandmother admits it was not the best idea to entertain her granddaughter by pulling her around in a toy car.
"We took this and hooked it around the hitch of the truck and drove about five miles an hour up and down the street with her," she explained, holding-up two dog leashes, which were still connected.
She and her husband, 49-year-old grandfather Paul Berloni, had had a few beers.
"Yeah, we did, it's Sunday afternoon, had a few beers, no big deal, I didn't think," she said.
But a Sarasota County sheriff's deputy saw it differently.
"Paul Berloni told the deputy that he has five prior DUIs, I haven't confirmed that number, but I know the charge is for his 4th or subsequent DUI," said Wendy Rose, with the Sarasota Sheriff's Office.
Paul Berloni was also driving with a suspended license.
The grandmother told us she had already made three or four runs up and down the access road, pulling their granddaughter behind them, in that toy car, using a couple of dog leashes connected together. And they were just about to make their last run, when the Sheriff's deputy stopped them.
"So, were you surprised when the police stopped?," we asked. "Yes! Yes!," she exclaimed. "Well, I thought they were just gonna tell us we couldn't do it. Give us a warning, say, hey, this isn't very safe, maybe this is not a bright idea."
Belinda Berloni said she was sitting with her legs dangling out the back gate of their SUV, just a few feet from her granddaughter. Deputies said the little girl was wearing a bathing suit, no protective gear and no helmet. Luckily she was not hurt.
Berloni said she never felt she was in any danger.
"No," said Berloni. "She was all woot! woot! woot! the whole time anyway!," she said, pumping her fists in the air.Both grandparents face child endangerment charges. Belinda Berloni is on supervised release and is to have no contact with her granddaughter and no drinking. She also has to check in with the sheriff's office three times a week.
"We're just grateful that that child wasn't injured," said Rose.
And so is the grandmother.
"I love all my grandchildren," said Berloni. "I would never put them in harm's way."
Belinda Berloni told us her son is understandably mad at her for what happened, but she said, it was truly, a lesson learned.
I never ceased to be surprised at the stupidity of certain members of the human race.
"The distinctive mark of the Christian, today more than ever, must be love for the poor, the weak, the suffering." Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted by Pops
Man, that thing looks about 500 years old.
I'll bet the tree has been there quite a while too.
lmao...I see how y'all are going to be with me now
Originally Posted by Red Dead Redemption
Put a helmet on that kid and don't do it while drinking and I'm OK with it. Then again when I was a skater back in the 80s I loved grabbing the bumpers of passing cars and riding them at much greater speeds than 5mph.
I have pulled my kid on a sled before. I guess it depends on all the factors involved.
Born a Nebraskan, raised a Nebraskan, will die a Nebraskan!! Go Big Red!
Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas
appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean
appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” - Gamalie the Pharisee
- Addressing the Sanhedrin regarding the new group called Christians
"I support collecting more in taxes from people with high incomes who choose to actually pay taxes at lower tax rates than use lawyers and accountants to avoid taxes at higher tax rates," he wrote. "Some tax revenues at low tax rates is a heckuva lot better than no tax revenues at high tax rates." - Art Laffer
(on 999 plan)
it's fun to watch how things change decade by decade
yup.....scary in fact.
Originally Posted by CombatTargeteer