Alleged DUI driver found with lizard in her bra after crashing car
An accused DUI driver crashed through six mailboxes before coming to an abrupt stop while carrying a pet lizard in her bra, police in Massachusetts said.
Amy Rebello-McCarthy, 39, was found laughing the near tragedy off as police approached her smashed-up car in the middle of the afternoon.
Witnesses told cops Rebello-McCarthy got out of the car and was standing next to it when her male passenger jumped into the driver's side to try to drive the vehicle from the front yard to the road.
"That may have been possible if all four tires hadn't been flattened in the crash, if all the airbags hadn't deployed and both bumpers hadn't been ripped off," police said in a statement posted to Facebook.
Police say a slurring Rebello-McCarthy asked officers to call a tow truck.
"She began laughing and didn't feel the crash was that serious. She was slurring her words and at times drooling. Amy requested from the officers they call a tow truck to pull the 1999 Mercedes C280 to the roadway so they could be on their way," officers wrote.
They found an open bottle of brandy in her front seat and empty bottles of root beer-flavored nips. Her blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal driving limit, a statement said.
After speaking with Rebello-McCarthy, officers approached the male passenger who they say was smoking a cigarette with the butt of what they thought was a semi-automatic weapon tucked into his waistband.
"Let's recap for just a moment!! Two very intoxicated people in a car crash, neither of them coherent, unsteady on their feet, slurring and drooling. If that's not a bad start, let's throw the gun into the equation. The male party was taken to the ground and handcuffed. The gun was removed from his waist," cops wrote in their post.
Before taking Rebello-McCarthy to the station, police say she told them she had her pet bearded dragon in her bra.
Police took the lizard away, and it has since been transferred to animal control.
Both subjects were taken to the station. Rebello-McCarthy was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger and marked lane violation.
Her passenger's firearm was determined to be a fake and he was not charged for it.