Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!

By ANTHONY HALL, United Press International  |  Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:00 AM
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Not driving after drinking is usually a good thing, but not so for one imbiber who fell asleep in the back of his car in Oslo, Norway, did this past week.

When he woke up, reported, two women who had stolen his car were unloading him in Gothenburg, Sweden, authorities said.

Summarily dumped and without wheels, the man called the police, who put him up for the rest of the night at a police station. It all worked out nicely though when, as police were giving him a ride to a train station the next day, he spotted his car. Police nabbed the two women and returned the car to the man, whose name was not released.

Don't really know the law too well? That may not really be a great excuse for a man in Aurora Ill., who went to court this past week and, when he emptied his pockets at a security checkpoint, put a bag of cocaine in the bin.

Pleading ignorance that the substance in the bag was an illegal drug probably won't fly in this case, as the man, Alex Robinson, 37, was due in court for a probation violation related to a 2006 cocaine delivery case, the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network reported.

Speaking of not knowing the law, here's an item you don't try at home: Riding the manatees.

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, confessed to police that she was the woman in photographs riding a manatee.

Police had circulated the pictures earlier that day and Gutierrez came forward later, claiming she did not know what she had done was illegal.

The Tampa Bay Times said she could be fined $500 and sentenced to 60 days in jail under the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.

In Melbeta, Neb., don't try this one: Assault with a freshly made sandwich.

Larry Spurling, 50, pleaded no contest to charges after allegedly pushing his wife onto a bed and rubbing a sandwich in her face.

He received five days in jail for the altercation, which stemmed from an argument in which he complained about being bored, KETV, Omaha, reported.

Spurling's wife, whose name was not released, said he had consumed three 24-ounce containers of malt liquor during the arguing stage of the altercation. She then said she "got tired" of arguing and went to make a sandwich.

He then followed her into the bedroom, pushed her onto the bed, pulled her hair and rubbed the sandwich in her face.

In Michigan the so-called Petoskey Batman is back.

Mark Williams, 33, pleaded guilty to attempting to obstruct and resisting a police officer in September 2011.

He was sentenced at the time to six months of probation. The court also ordered that he not wear any costumes while on probation.

See where this is going?

Yes, it appears you can't keep a good vigilante down, as the Petoskey News-Review reported this week that Williams was arrested again on the same charges as police were responding to a hit-and-run accident that included an injury.

"When we arrived, [Williams] was at the scene in his Batman outfit," said Sgt. Jeff Gorno.

"He said he wanted to help us look for the driver."

But help, to put it one way, is in the sonar of the beholder.

"... We had a canine out there and he [Williams] kept screwing up the scent," Gorno said, adding, "We didn't want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene ... ."

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