'I am Jack Sparrow,' drunk Brit woman yells after hijacking ferry
In this film publicity image released by Disney, Johnny Depp portrays Captain Jack Sparrow in a scene from, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.' AP PhotoA drunk, hallucinating woman hijacked a ferry in the British city of Devon and floated away from police as she shouted "I am Jack Sparrow," Daily Mail reported yesterday.
Alson Whelan, 51, stole a 15-meter, 100-seater ferry after drinking Lambrini – a cheap, low alcohol wine – and eating the deadly nightshade plant for two days straight, causing her to hallucinate.
Whelan shouted "I'm Jack Sparrow" and "I'm a pirate" after she unmoored the "Dart Princess" passenger ferry with her friend Tristam Locke, drifting away on River Dart.
The vessel hit and bumped into other boats along the river "like a pinball machine" as the duo laughed and shouted "What are you going to do now?" at the police following them. "I believe this is out of your jurisdiction," they yelled.
More than 30 ambulance, police, coastguard and the Royal Nation Lifeboat Institution officers gave chase to the drifting vessel for more than an hour before the drunk pair could be apprehended.
A court sentenced Whelan to 112 days in jail. It was reported that Whelan was a chronic alcoholic who is waiting for a liver transplant.
The Dart Princess suffered 1,500 pounds worth of damage in the incident. The report did not mention the damage caused to other vessels along the river.