Drinking alcoholic beverages before having a body piercing may or may not reduce the level of pain, but a Banks County woman found out the hard way it can certainly increase the cost.
Actually, if Heatherly Lindsey Lark, 31, of 1779 Historic Homer Highway, Homer, and her passenger had just fastened their seat belts, it would have saved them a lot of grief — and money.
But when a Commerce police officer noticed that neither Lark nor her passenger was wearing a seat belt, he pulled them over. Things went downhill from there.
The officer’s written account indicated that he immediately noticed the smell of alcohol from the inside of the vehicle and asked Lark if she’d been drinking, to which she replied in the negative, telling the officer that her passenger, a male, had been doing the drinking.
But after police found a number of empty beer cans in the front seat area and empty liquor bottles in the back seat area, Lark allegedly told the officer that the passenger — who was not identified — wanted her to get her tongue pierced and advised that if she “drank some liquor the pain wouldn’t be so bad.”
The officer charged Lark with driving under the influence (DUI) of intoxicants and failure to wear a seat belt. He charged the passenger and Lark with violation of the open container law.