A Shelburne, VT woman who was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated only made things more difficult for herself  once she was brought to the local state police barracks.

She stuck out her tongue for her police booking photo.

If Linda MacDonald, 50, had held onto some hope her drunken driving arrest would be overlooked in the daily flow of the regional news stream, it’s all over now.

News of her arrest was picked up by television stations in Boston and Connecticut. The New York Daily News picked it up, as did KRMG radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The Huffington Post, the third most popular online news site in the United States, had a story of her arrest featured on its Weird News page.  

And all because she chose to stick her tongue out at the state trooper who was taking her mug shot.

Arrest stories come and go, but stories accompanied by unusual mugshots have a way of living on in infamy… Sometimes forever and ever. 

There’s a thought to ponder the next time the booking officer says, “Look straight into the camera.”

According to police reports, McDonald told troopers she went off the road because she was lost, and at the time of the accident she was on the phone getting directions and writing them down on a legal pad.

Police said she blew a .10 on a Breathalyzer, beyond that state’s threshold of .08 for intoxication. She was charged with driving under the influence (alcohol).