Go to Jail? Or This? Ohio Pair Serve Strange Sentence
Couple chooses community service in a kiddie pool over jail time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2011 10:19 AM CDT
Grace Nash, 20, and Bruce Crawford, 22, were sentenced them to stand in a tiny swimming pool while wearing life jackets and handing out water safety brochures at a festival in Painesville, Ohio.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An Ohio couple found themselves up to their ankles in trouble for rafting on a flood-swollen river without life preservers and lying about it afterward. A judge sentenced them to stand in a kiddie pool while wearing life jackets and handing out water safety brochures last weekend at a festival in Painesville. They chose the pool punishment and community service over 60 days in jail.

Twenty-year-old Grace Nash and 22-year-old Bruce Crawford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misconduct during an emergency. Searchers spent hours looking for them last month after they were spotted on the Grand River. They made it to land, but lied to an official about having been rafting without life vests. Nash tells a local paper they've learned their lesson.

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