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Uber Driver Uses a Breathalyzer During Bizarre Ride in Nashville

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NASHVILLE (TMZ) — An Uber driver whipped out a breathalyzer and blew into the device during a ride — a bizarre moment, recorded by his passenger — but Uber says it’s not what it looks like.

Check out this video shot during an Uber ride last week in Nashville … you see the driver waving around a huge breathalyzer in his right hand as he drives down a street.

The passenger, Kyle, tells TMZ … he noticed a sudden beeping noise in the car. He says the driver told him it was a safety feature in his vehicle causing the noise, and then reached under his seat to pull out the breathalyzer. Kyle says the driver blew into it, and the trip continued.

In the video, you hear the driver say, “I just had this put in today, I haven’t perfected it.”

The rider reported the troubling incident to Uber and requested a refund, and it hit him back with a generic response and a measly $5 credit to his account.

Doesn’t seem like a great response to finding out your driver possibly has a DUI that requires him/her to intermittently blow into a device, just to keep the engine running — however, an Uber rep says the driver was using a family member’s car because his car was getting repairs. Uber says the device belonged to the driver’s relative.

We’re told the driver is not being disciplined because he had registered the relative’s car as a secondary vehicle on his account.

The ridesharing app has a policy that people cannot drive for Uber if they’ve been convicted of DUI within the past 7 years, and the company claims it conducts criminal background checks and driving record checks to ensure its drivers meet certain safety standards.

Plus, Uber points out its app has a safety tool kit … an emergency button that will connect you to 911 immediately if you feel unsafe during a ride.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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Antonio Brown Throws ‘Bag of Dicks’ at Baby Mama in Florida

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Antonio Brown Throws 'Bag of Dicks' at Baby Mama in Florida

FLORIDA (TMZ) –Another bizarre police incident at Antonio Brown ‘s Florida home — this time, cops responded after a dispute with his baby mama … and it turned VERY nasty.

We’ve reached out to cops to find out exactly why they were called to the home — and who made the call. But, here’s what we know so far …

Several Hollywood Police Dept. officers arrived at Brown’s home around 10 AM local time on Monday … and Brown’s baby mama, Chelsie Kyriss, was there too. They have 3 children together.

Brown repeatedly told the officers he had previously evicted her from his home — but allowed her on the property so she could pick up her kids and take them to school. But, Brown claims during the handoff, Chelsie tried to steal one of his cars — and he wasn’t having it.

At one point, AB screams at Kyriss … “Bitch, you don’t drive Bentleys. This is not your life.”

Brown was shouting to the cops that he wanted her off his property, ASAP — and screamed insults at her from across the street … in front of her kids.

The whole situation was super heated, with a very frustrated Brown cussing at the officers — telling them they don’t know how to do their jobs.

During the end of the exchange, Brown grabs a bag of gummy candies (shaped like penises) and throws them into the street in Chelsie’s direction … screaming at her to have a “bag of dicks.”

All the while, AB is screaming insults at her … “Take that fish-looking bitch to jail.”

Brown also acknowledges that the stand-off isn’t the best look for his NFL future — but says, “F**k the NFL. This is real life.”

We’re reaching out to cops to find out what the hell they’re going to do about this. Stay tuned.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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‘Sexy Vegan’ Sentenced, Loses Dogs Over Butt Licking Incident

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LOS ANGELES — A 37-year-old man entered a no contest plea today in connection to a video he posted with a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sexy Vegan, aka Hansel DeBartolo III, of West Hollywood entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace in case 9SC03436.

Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman said Vegan was immediately sentenced to two years of summary probation, 100 hours of community service and 52 weeks of a sexual offender program.

In addition, the defendant’s dogs which were previously seized will not be returned and he will be prohibited from owning any new animals during his probationary period. 

On Sept. 5, 2019, Vegan posted a video on a social media account depicting a pit bull licking the defendant’s rear end, the prosecutor said.

He initially pleaded not guilty on September 27 for allegedly sexually assaulting his dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced at the time. He was charged with one misdemeanor count each of sexual assault on an animal and posting obscene matter.

He was facing up to one year in county jail if convicted on the initial charges.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.

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Trump’s Iran Conflict Has Americans Shopping for Bunkers

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Trump's Iran Conflict Has Americans Shopping for Bunkers

(TMZ) –The United States conflict with Iran has had Americans freaked the f**k out lately — and, accordingly, they’ve been looking far and wide to burrow themselves underground.

TMZ spoke with some of the best bunker retailers in the biz, and wouldn’t you know it … they say their sales and window shoppers have gone through the roof over the past week or so as missiles and nuke threats have been flying back and forth in the Middle East.

Let’s start with Rising S — which hawks pretty pricey shelters, ranging from $45k to a whopping $1 million. They tell us bunkers have been selling like hotcakes since Trump took out Gen. Soleimani. RS says they’ve sold 17 bomb shelters since then. A recent uptick of 150%.

Next is Hardened Structures … which sells some of the most expensive shelters — in the multi-million dollar range. Your average Joe probably can’t afford ’em, but they say they’ve had 12 inquires of late. Another surge.

President Trump says “the missiles fired last night (by Iran) were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.”

Then we got a company called Vivos, which tells us they’ve had 1,000-plus inquiries for products in the last week alone, and 300-plus in a 24-hour period. They’ve even sold 20 “spots” in shelter communities they operate. Pretty wild, huh?

Here’s another crazy thing … all of the places we contacted say most of their recent potential buyers have cited Iran as the reason they were in the market.

We circled back after DT’s Tuesday AM speech, which seemed to be an attempt to deescalate things. Nonetheless, nobody’s canceled.

Take cover, y’all!!!

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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