Student Swaps Car for Barbie Jeep Following Drink-Driving Arrest

By James O Malley on at

Texas student Tara Monroe lost her driving license after having a bit too much to drink and then refusing a breathalyser test. Her dad, who was presumably furious drove all the way to San Marcos from her hometown of Kingwood to take the car from her following the incident. And this left Tara with something of a dilemma: How can she get around campus now?

The industrial engineering student didn't seem to want to do the obvious thing either, as she eloquently told My San Antonio that “Riding a bike around campus sucks. Like really sucks.”

Luckily, she hit upon a novel solution: A Barbie Jeep. She found it on Craigslist, paid $60 and named her new vehicle Charlene after the car's original owner.

“When we drove up to buy it Charlene asked where the little one was to test drive it to which I replied, ‘I am the little one,'” she is quoted as saying.

Since, she has become something of a campus celebrity as fellow students have spotted her driving around the 12v machine at 5mph.

“This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame,” she said. "Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet…", she said, no doubt thinking of the bright future ahead. [MySA via Vice]