While his buddies were partying in Destin, Fla., an Alabama teen spent the start of his spring break in jail. Police in Okaloosa County, Fla., say they pulled over 19-year-old University of Alabama student Alden Whiteside on suspicion of reckless driving on Friday but soon discovered his alleged need for speed was just the tip of the iceberg, reports KTRK. Authorities say Whiteside was traveling to Destin for spring break with seven 30-pack cases of Natural Light beer, plus a fake ID and pot. "He basically had 30 beers for each day he was going to be [in Florida]," a police rep tells the Northwest Florida Daily News. Whiteside now faces charges of unauthorized possession of a driver's license, underage possession of alcohol, and possession of marijuana.
"If you're only 19 years old and heading to spring break in Destin with seven 30 pack cases of beer in your truck, marijuana in the center console, and an altered driver's license to make your age 24, you probably don't want to be speeding and driving recklessly on Interstate 10," reads the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office caption of a photo of the stacked beer cases, viewed more than 11 million times on Facebook. "We hope [the photo] reaches and convinces a multitude of spring breakers to make good choices," the sheriff's office says in a separate post, adding in a comment that, yes, all the beer was poured out. A parting quip that's been liked more than 25,000 times: "All the dumb decisions and it started off with buying natural light." (Here's how one Florida hotel gets spring breakers out of bed.)