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Woman yelling 'I'm Jack Sparrow!' hijacks ferry

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Jack Sparrow, as played so memorably by Johnny Depp in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie series, might be a pirate, but we kind of doubt he'd steal a passenger ferry and randomly crash it into other boats.

But that's just what a drunk British woman did last fall, according to the U.K. Telegraph, and she was claiming to be Jack Sparrow when she did it.

The newspaper reports that Alison Whelan, from Devon, England, climbed onto a moored double-decker ferry, unmoored it, and smashed it into a number of other vessels as she drifted away. But the best part? Whelan was reportedly yelling "I'm Jack Sparrow!" and "I'm a pirate!" as she stole the boat.


The article says Whelan had been "drinking Lambrini (an alcoholic beverage made from pears) and eating poisonous hallucinogenic plants" before boarding the ferry.

She reportedly also taunted the police from the water, saying ""What are you going to do now?" and "I believe this is out of your jurisdiction."

The BBC reports it took authorities an hour to catch the free-floating ferry.

Whelan later pled guilty to "aggravated vehicle taking" and was sentenced on Wednesday to 112 days in prison. Apparently walking the plank is not a punishment for would-be pirates in Britain.

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