They Love The Pythons!

A New York woman was arrested after getting all hopped up on goofballs, stealing a reptile, and crashing her vehicle into a firehouse and two fire engines. All in all, I’d say it was a productive day.

A New York woman, Sarah Espinosa, 22, has been arrested for a rather odd offense after crashing her car while under the influence. That is unfortunately not particularly uncommon but she crashed her Prius into a firehouse while wearing a giant python around her neck. Beyond that curiosity, there is one aspect of her case that raises a question about redundant charging by prosecutors.

The most important question is this: since when did the NYPD start charging people for crimes again?

Espinosa is charged with stealing the snake from a local Petco and then later driving across a median, hitting another car, and then crashing into the New Hyde Park Fire House. In so doing, she damaged the garage and two engines.

But was the python okay?

She is charged with reckless endangerment, drug possession, DWI, petit larceny and reckless driving. My question is the redundancy of charging both reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The first would seem to subsume the second charge. (H/TMike AKA Proof)

The NYC DA probably added the second charge out of spite, knowing it would simply be dismissed at the preliminary hearing. And yes, before you’d ask, I’d tap that like Samuel Morse.