Monday, February 9, 2009

Houston Teens Arrested for Shooting Food and Rocks at Cars


I know that one of the most common refrains of teenagers is "I am so bored. There is nothing to do in this town!" I imagine, though, if these young people spent a few minutes brainstorming, they could come up with a few great ideas to pass the time. I'm sure there are some senior citizens in the local retirement home who would love a friendly visit. How about finding an elementary school that is in need of some math or reading tutors? Or, I have no doubt that their parents would not mind some assistance with yard work or errands. Maybe the teenagers who are now being arrested in Houston for their chosen extracurricular activity will consider one of these more wholesome options the next time that they have a few moments to fill.

Apparently, a group of teenagers decided that it would be a great idea to head to an overpass and then use a pressurized gun to shoot rocks and food at cars driving by on the Katy Freeway. This wonderful game of vandalism came to an end around midnight on Friday when the target of an airborne egg was a Houston Police Department patrol car. The officers managed to arrest one teenager, who quickly spilled the names of his cohorts in this dangerous adventure. So far, three teenagers have been charged with other suspects to come. These guys should consider themselves fortunate that the only damage done was a few dented vehicles and broken windshields. Injury or even death certainly could have been a tragic result to this poor decision to interfere with traffic.

Regardless of your age, please take the time to consider all possible consequences of what you might first consider to be a silly prank. This is a particularly difficult task to ask of teenagers, most of whom believe themselves to be infallible. If you or your child has made a poor decision that resulted in criminal activity, the criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, and San Antonio office today. And, please leave all perishable goods at home.

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