Texas student drives her Barbie Jeep after DWI arrest

Some people ride bikes or public transit when their licenses are suspended, but one battery-powered, Barbie Jeep-riding Texas State student is not allowing a DWI arrest stop her from getting around she is using a toy Barbie Jeep.

Tara Monroe, an industrial engineering junior, said her license was suspended after refusing a breathalyzer test after a Waka Flocka concert.

A DWI attorney can prevent your license from being suspended if that lawyer requests an ALR hearing.

Her vehicle was stripped from her possession by her dad.

“Riding a bike around campus sucks,” she told MySA.com. “Like really sucks.”


Monroe was arrested on March 4 on DWI charges, with a $3,000 bond in Hays County records.

Bonds for DWIs vary from county to county. In Harris County and surrounding Texas Counties bonds range from 500.00 to upwards of 50,000.00, depending on the number of prior alcohol contacts with law enforcement and the seriousness of the facts surrounding the accident.

It didn’t take long for the 20-year-old to decide the Barbie girl life was the one for her. After some Craigslist perusing, she found her sweet ride for $60, its previous owner was a little girl named Charlene.

As crazy as this sounds using alternative transportation to an automobile will make your life a lot easier if you have a DWI pending. Should the judge order an interlock to be installed in a defendants vehicle the risks of an interlock causing false positives reports are great if you mistakenly use mouthwash or if you eat the wrong food. While Riding your bike or using uber is not always an option it is a good idea.

“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 said.

Monroe decided to name her new ride after Charlene.

Since Charlene handed over the keys, she has rolled out around the University of Texas at Austin’s West Campus and Texas State, leaving a trail of her laughter and Snapchats everywhere her little 12-volt battery can take her at 5 mph.

“Most people don’t find the things me and my friends do very funny, just immature, so I didn’t expect to get this big of a reaction,” she said. “People who don’t know me are shocked but my friends weren’t even surprised because I do stuff like this all the time.”

Even without a license, Monroe’s life as a Barbie girl in a Barbie world really is fantastic.

“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…”

Her 21st birthday is in November taking “Charlene” for a night at The Square in San Marcos with her friends.

Not a good idea!!! Don’t celebrate your birthday with alcohol and post it on social media while your case is pending.

“It goes pretty fast when it’s just me, so I usually make them (her friends) walk behind me like parents taking their kid out to play,” “I’m just happy everyone thinks this is so hilarious.”

While this story is entertaining, there are many ways to defend a DWI. When on bond for a DWI bringing attention to yourself is never a good thing. I advise my clients to stay home and watch Netflix on the weekends until I successfully resolve their case.


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