The Story of the Speeding Float

This is the day in 1933 when Prohibition ended. After changing the Constitution to ban alcohol, the states changed it back. And to mark this anniversary, here's the story of David Allen Rodgers. He was driving a float in the Anderson, S.C., Christmas parade. And police say he had an open container of alcohol. He might have gotten away with drunk driving, except for this: people called 911 after his float passed another float and sped down Main Street.

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This is the day in 1933 when Prohibition ended. After changing the Constitution to ban alcohol, the states changed it back. And to mark this anniversary, here's the story of David Allen Rodgers. He was driving a float in the Anderson, South Carolina, Christmas parade. And police say he had an open container of alcohol. He might have gotten away with drunk driving, except for this: People called 911 after his float passed another float and sped down Main Street. It's MORNING EDITION.

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