Tavish Smith cannot be stopped. After Florida Highway Patrol officers pulled her over for drunk driving and found weed in her car, she slipped out of her handcuffs, got her pot back, and ate it — all while sitting in back of the police cruiser.
The cops didn't notice at first, but caught wind when Smith accidentally showed her un-cuffed hand. Florida's WPLG has video:
The circumstances surrounding Smith's arrest were equally impressive — albeit incredibly dangerous. While driving the wrong way on U.S. 1, she crashed her truck, and, undeterred, continued driving. It was only when she crashed a second time that cops caught up with her.
When the officers noticed the weed was missing, they turned around and saw Smith with "pot on her hands and face" and "crumbs everywhere," WPLG reports. Somehow, she was only looking at misdemeanors until that point, but was then charged with destroying evidence, a felony. She was released on bail and is currently awaiting trial.
Tavish Smith is a flawed, complex character, bringing to mind the antiheroes currently dominating popular drama. Driving drunk — like selling meth or presiding over a violent criminal empire — is always wrong, but her unflinching tenacity says something deep and meaningful about the American capacity to overcome. We could all learn something from her.