DAILY DIRT: California man proves it is possible to be arrested 10 times in a month


Daily Dirt for Friday, March 31, 2023

Thought No. 2 today backs up my thinking that Caitlin Clark is the most entertaining college basketball player I have watched all season — male or female … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 566 of The Daily Dirt.

1. We’ve all had bad days, but how about a bad month? I mean a really, really, really bad month.

I think it’s probably safe to say anyone reading this has not come close to equaling the recent run of idiotic moves strung together by a fellow named Keith Chastain. He’s a 38-year-old resident of Fresno County, Calif.

If you’re not sitting down, you might want to before trying to comprehend how one person could even manage such a moronic spree of poor decisions. Between Feb. 19 and March 21, Chastain was arrested 10 times for crimes connected to 15 misdemeanors and 18 felonies that included:

  • Six stolen cars
  • Fraud
  • DUI
  • Drugs
  • Vandalism

Chastain’s list of no-nos doesn’t include his previous crimes. His rap sheet goes back to 2005 and among those charges were two robberies, fleeing police and a domestic abuse charge that was later dropped.

Chastain’s most recent arrest occurred when he was caught driving a stolen vehicle to the police station to pick up his belongings from a previous arrest. A member of the Clovis, Calif., police department said Chastain is dealing with a variety of issues.

Ya think?

2. If you don’t think women’s basketball is becoming boffo box office as far as TV ratings are concerned, consider this:

The recent Iowa-Louisville NCAA Tournament game, televised by ESPN and featuring Iowa’s other-worldly talent Caitlin Clark, drew a higher Nielsen rating than any NBA game televised this season by the Worldwide Leader.

The Iowa-Louisville game averaged 2.5 million viewers, with a high of 2.7 million.

Iowa and South Carolina play in the national semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday. The game is on ESPN. 

The number to beat for the most-watched women’s Final Four game is 5.681 million viewers, according to Sports Media Watch, set by the 2002 championship game between UConn and Oklahoma. For context, last year’s South Carolina-UConn title game averaged 4.85 million.

3. Let’s all light a birthday candle for the following:

  • “Love Story” actress Ali MacGraw will be 84 on Saturday.
  • Comedian Eddie Murphy turns 62 on Monday.
  • Actor Craig T. Nelson of “Coach” and “Young Sheldon” fame will be 77 come Tuesday.
  • Actor John Ratzenbrger, who played Cliff Clavin on “Cheers,” will be 77 on Thursday.
  • Actress Kristen Stewart, who rose to prominence in the “Twilight” saga, turns 33 on April 9.

Steve Thought O’ The Day — I loved those “Twilight” vampire movies, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. His rap sheet is clean.

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