When you’re caught, just come clean.
Daniel Spoon, 19, of Loving, was just sitting on the tailgate of a pickup he’d flipped over when Eddy County sheriff’s deputies showed up last Thursday, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported today on its Web site.
Spoon, who was unhurt, allegedly told deputies that he’d stolen the truck, and then he put his hands behind his back and asked — without any further ado — that he be arrested, according to a criminal complaint cited by the paper.
Then Spoon told deputies he took the truck because he was tired of walking, the Current-Argus said.
He also said — and this might account for his behavior — that he’d downed about 30 cans of beer, the paper reported.
Deputies said Spoon failed several field sobriety tests, but agreed to a breath alcohol test, which showed him registering between 0.14 and 0.15, the paper said.
He was booked on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, being a minor in possession of alcohol, reckless driving and criminal damage to property of less than $1,000.
The Current-Argus said that according to the complaint the pickup’s owners told deputies that their grand-daughter had told them Spoon had taken the truck but they thought he’d just be using it for a short time.