A Florida teenager told a sheriff’s deputy who pulled her over that getting arrested had been on her ‘bucket list since high school.’
Janiya Shaimiracle Douglas is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
Douglas, 19, was arrested on the morning of May 12 at 9:48 a.m. at 58000 Card Sound Road, Key Largo, Florida.
The sheriff’s department said in a statement that Sgt. Robert Dosh noticed a Toyota Sedan speeding and driving recklessly along Card Sound Road at 7:47 a.m.
Douglas is accused of driving erratically before eventually pulling over for a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy
Dosh attempted to flag down the car using his lights and siren but the car continued on initially before stopping at an intersection.
The statement then reads: ‘The suspect stated getting arrested was on her bucket list since high school. Douglas was taken to jail.’
According to the sheriff’s website, Douglas works as a housekeeper and lives in Homestead, Florida, around 20 miles from where the arrest occurred.
The Card Sound Road address is the address of Alabama Jack’s beach bar, although according to the bar’s opening hours, they don’t open until 11:00 a.m.
The saloon notes on their website that they’re: ‘Just about the only thing on Card Sound Road.’
Florida law states that, Douglas fleeing and eluding is felony offense that carries some ‘harsh penalties’ that can include a license suspension of anywhere between one and five years.
Douglas was taken into custody here at 58000 Card Sound Road in Key Largo, the home of Alabama Jack’s. The tavern describes itself as: ‘Just about the only thing on Card Sound Road’
Douglas is due to appear in court in Monroe County on June 14.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office statement drew comments such as: ‘At 19 is it called a bucket list? In my time that was called… GOALS, dreams, aspirations. But I guess if you’re gonna drive like a fool you are rushing toward death so it may be the appropriate word after all.’
In 2016, Edie Simms, 102, was arrested by cops in St. Louis as part of a bucket list request. When asked if she enjoyed the experience, Simms said: ‘Oh yes, handcuffs and all,’ reported KLPR at the time.