How can starting off the day drinking from a box of wine possibly go wrong?
It definitely ended in handcuffs for one Florida woman. Mary Ellen Stewart, 81, was chilling on a bench on the property of a St. Petersburg hospital drinking from the spout of a boxed Franzia Sunset Blush wine on Thursday, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Smoking Gun.
If the boxed wine didn’t make Stewart stand out, the fact that she was topless definitely did.
Police noted in their report that Stewart was allegedly “in view of the public” and that her breasts were “completely exposed” when they approached her at around 7:40 AM. They said that “security and nursing staff witnessed this.”
The arrival of police didn’t appear to distract Stewart from her alleged morning task, at first. In the report, police wrote that she “held the box of wine over her head and began to drink from the spout.”
She seemed to change her tune when police tried to take the wine out of her hands. Stewart reacted by allegedly “began to shake the box intentionally towards deputies in an attempt to splash wine on us.”
Police arrested her and brought her into the station, where she posed for quite the mugshot.
Stewart was charged with disorderly intoxication and she was released from jail the same day on her own recognizance. The affidavit lists Stewart as unemployed. She lives in Kenneth City, about a 10-mile distance from where the incident took place. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.
She doesn’t appear to have any prior arrests.
[Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]