Gulfport police handcuff couple for sex outside

Turns out there are some things you can't do, even in Gulfport.

click to enlarge Thank goodness the couple was having sex just outside Veterans Park, because Gulfport law prohibits anyone in its parks after dark. - ZStoler [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
ZStoler [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Thank goodness the couple was having sex just outside Veterans Park, because Gulfport law prohibits anyone in its parks after dark.

We've all been there, right? The passion of the moment, the heat of the embrace... and all of a sudden that drive home to the bedroom is going to take too much time.

Which is how an off-duty St. Petersburg firefighter, Thomas Lewis, and Penny Snoots found themselves handcuffed — and not in the good way — when Gulfport Police Officer Selena Ramos, whom we're pretty sure didn't go to the police academy thinking she'd deal with stuff like this, arrested them for lewd and lascivious behavior. Ramos came upon the duo in the street by Gulfport's Veterans Park, next to popular eatery O'Maddy's.

"It started out as fellatio on the roadway and — naturally — turned to sex on the fender," Gulfport Police Commander Mary Farrand told CL. Farrand was careful to note police found the couple on the road rather than inside the park, as Gulfport law doesn't allow people in parks after dark, whether for sex or other recreation.

Ramos arrested the coupling couple well after dark Tuesday night, and they've since found release. Oh, and Snoots also had some weed on her, so she faces two misdemeanor charges. According to the police report, she also has a sailboat tattoo, and now we kinda want to party with her.

According to Bay News 9, the St. Petersburg Fire Department has placed Lewis on administrative leave, which seems unfair. After all, firefighters, you can't keep putting out all those sexy calendars and then get upset when people act on it.

Oh, Florida. We do wonder if the story would have gone down this way in another state and yes, we see what we did there.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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