CLAIM

A Navy officer was arrested for "abuse of public animal" and "drunken or reckless driving" after he used a raccoon to bypass an ignition interlock system.

RATING

ORIGIN

In September 2015, an image purportedly showing a police record recounting a strange story involving a Navy officer, a raccoon, and a car breathalyzer began circulating via social media:

Although this image was circulated online as a genuine police report (and even picked up by several news outlets, it originated on the “Just the tip, of the spear 26 — The Reckoning” (JTTTOS) Facebook page, which labels itself as “just for fun”:

“JTTOTS is about veterans and active duty military having a place to be themselves. You know act like dicks and look at boobs and cats and stuff.”

That Facebook group is not really a credible source of factual information, but they do document stupid things (supposedly) done by military personnel. In fact, the words encircling the Illuminati-like symbol embedded into this police report read “JTTOTS Always Watching,” a nod at the group’s main objective. So if a member of the Navy really did use a raccoon to pass a breathalyzer test, he JTTOTS Facebook page might have been one of the first places to pick it up.

However, JTTOTS was the only source for this story. We found no record of raccoon-related DUI’s at Camp Pendleton, nor could we locate a version of the police report that lacked the JTTOTS symbol. Furthermore, Lt. Savannah Frank, a public affairs officer at Camp Pendleton, reported that the story was a hoax:

Asked if it was fact or fiction, 1st. Lt. Savannah Frank, a public affairs officer at Camp Pendleton, checked and replied: “I called police records, and while they were highly entertained, they confirmed (the story) is absolutely a hoax.”

Frank said the official incident number featured in the post was a giveaway, since Camp Pendleton police records use a different system.

One might also ponder the improbability of a raccoon’s allowing itself to be captured and squeezed to the point of unconsciousness without putting up any resistance, biding its time and attacking its abductor only after those events had been completed and it had regained consciousness.

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