After DWI Arrest, Texas Student Drives Barbie Jeep

Tara Monroe spent $60 on her new ride because biking 'really sucks'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2015 7:02 AM CDT
After DWI Arrest, Texas Student Drives Barbie Jeep
Tara Monroe bought the jeep on CraigsList from a girl named Charlene for $60.   (Courtesy of Tara Monroe)

When Texas State University industrial engineering junior Tara Monroe had her license suspended last March for refusing to take a breathalyzer test upon leaving a Waka Flocka concert, her father drove to San Marcos and swapped her car for a bike. But "riding a bike around campus sucks," Monroe tells the San Antonio Express-News. "Like, really sucks." So she turned to Craigslist, where she found a pink 12-volt battery-operated Barbie jeep that tops out at 5mph; its current owner was a little girl by the name of Charlene, reports the New York Daily News. "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,'" Monroe says.

Monroe handed over $60, named the jeep Charlene, and has left a trail of Snapchat videos and Instagram photos in her wake. "This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame," she says. "Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college." And though the sight of the 5-foot, 3-inch student spilling over the tiny toy jeep catches people off guard, Monroe says it's fully within character. "My friends weren’t even surprised because I do stuff like this all the time." No word yet on how her father feels about the jeep, but he hasn't come to take it away yet. And at 5mph—or less if her friends pile on—Monroe isn't likely to cause much damage on campus. (See what someone tried to sell on Craigslist for $225K.)

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