A word of caution: if you're walking the streets at 4 a.m. with an ounce of weed in your bra, randomly flagging down cars so you can find someone who wants to party, try to make sure you don't run out and wave your arms in front of a car driven by the chief of police.
This is a lesson that 25-year-old Casey Danielle Cook should have kept in mind early Sunday morning when she unwittingly came on to Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell. Seems Cook was strolling along right when Kittrell, driving his personal SUV, "was going to his office downtown for some extra work before heading to church for early services," according to the Beaumont Enterprise.
Kittrell told the paper the conversation went something like this: he asked her where she was going, and she said "Wherever you want to go." So, naturally, the chief asked "What do you want to do when we get there?" To which the ever-friendly Cook responded, "Whatever you want to do."
At that point, according to the police report, another officer arrived on the scene. That officer reported that Cook "stated that she did not need our help and that she had flagged down the Chief thinking that he was a friend of hers. I asked Cook if she had any type [of] illegal substance in her purse. She stated that she had weed on her person, inside her bra. She then reached inside her bra area and retrieved a clear plastic baggy that contained a green leafy substance and seeds. I believed this to be marijuana."
The report didn't add "Obviously Cook does not have the slightest idea of American jurisprudence regarding probable cause." But it should have.
Turns out Cook also had a warrant out for burglary, so instead of going somewhere cool to party -- like an alley or a crackhouse -- she was escorted to jail. We just hope the chief was able to make it to church on time.
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