The best and worst part about being a teenager is rarely thinking about the consequences of our actions. Sometimes it's dangerous, sometimes it's fun. Usually it's a little bit of both.
On an 80-degree June day a 17-year-old boy cruised around St. Michael. The manchild drove a pickup truck while his buddy sat shotgun and three ladies – ages 17 and 18 – rode in the back.
Riding sans seatbelt in the bed of a pickup is enough to make Mom worry – especially if it's converted into a makeshift swimming pool.
In a brilliant stroke of youthful stupidity, the lad-ults spread a tarp on the floor of the bed and filled it with water, creating a mobile kiddie pool. Redneck comic and father Larry the Cable Guy might have been conflicted over the hazardous hillbilly invention, but the Minnesota State Patrol's feelings were clearer.
As the truck waited to bust a left at Highway 241 and Lincoln Drive, a trooper rolled up behind them and spotted a windshield crack and, oh hey, the trio in the water bed. When the teenage captain made his turn, the trooper saw water “slosh over the sides of the truck” and pulled them over, according to the state patrol.
The pool party on wheels ended with the 17-year-old driver cited for unsafe operation and the boys in beige ensuring the group got home safely.
The driver's name was not released, nor were the terms of his grounding.
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