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Eating evidence is never a good idea. It has a very low success rate in actually thwarting a police investigation, and it can significantly increase a suspect's exposure to criminal charges.

It may be funny to see characters like those in the cult classic "Super Troopers" eat massive quantities of illicit substances in a frantic attempt to not get busted, but the reality is even uglier.

What are some real-life consequences of eating evidence?

A Texas man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter.

Gabriel Soze Ruedas Jr., 25, was arrested in 2012 after the pilot of an Austin police helicopter was forced to delay his landing. A bright laser light reflecting in his cockpit forced him to avert his eyes, reports the Austin American-Statesman.

Although they may seem harmless, laser pointer pranks against aircraft are increasingly resulting in serious criminal charges.

College is, among other things, a place for learning. But the lessons to be learned in college aren't all contained in textbooks or lectures; they're sometimes learned the proverbial "hard way." And what harder way to learn the limits of socially acceptable behavior than to be arrested?

Here are 10 really dumb ways that college students can get themselves arrested:

A video posted by a California woman on YouTube documenting the antics of her "neighbors from hell" has led to DUI and an assortment of other criminal charges against the woman shown in the video.

Huntington Beach resident Sarah Oliver posted the video -- which appears to show her neighbor Laura Angela Cox in a violent confrontation with her boyfriend -- on Sunday to YouTube, where it quickly went viral, racking up over 2 million views in less than four days. Meantime, Cox had already been arrested by Huntington Beach police, reports KTLA-TV.

What sort of legal trouble is Cox facing for her turn as an Internet video superstar?

Two drone pilots were arrested after cops say their tiny craft nearly collided with a NYPD chopper over the George Washington Bridge.

Remy Castro, 23, and Wilkins Mendoza, 34, of Manhattan, have been arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges, reports the New York Post. The two were released without bail, but face serious felony charges for their allegedly dangerous drone antics.

Why is flying a drone like this a felony?

Bad parenting is not necessarily a crime. But when it crosses the line into child abuse, crummy parenting can get you arrested and even sent to prison.

Child abuse is always cruel, but some parents find a way to take their cruelty to a higher, and more bizarre level.

Who are this week's notable bad parents? We present Hot-Sauce Dad and "Branding" Mom. Read 'em and weep.

A Georgia mom was arrested after using Craigslist to find her 9-year-old son a ride to his grandparents' house.

Sheila Sherrie Joyner, of Marietta, reached out to a stranger on the online classified site who was interested in sharing expenses while traveling to Florida. Joyner hoped the man could drop her child off in Macon, but the stranger instead called the police, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When does bad decision-making with your child become criminal?

Ranting at judges is a terrible idea, and one Florida man's nearly one-year jail sentence is a cautionary tale.

Christopher Colon, 27, appeared before Broward County Judge John Hurley via video link from jail, after Colon's arrest for allegedly violating a domestic violence restraining order. However, after Judge Hurley denied Colon's release from jail, the inmate let loose a profanity-laced rant that ended with a jail sentence, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Can you really get a jail sentence just for ranting at a judge?

Some might say the members of the Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity at Ohio's Wilmington College were having a ball. Others might argue they went a little nuts.

One thing's certain: Thirteen Wilmington College students and one alumnus were arrested and charged with misdemeanors after a fraternity hazing ritual ended with one pledge requiring surgical removal of a testicle.

What's the story behind this modern Greek tragedy?

With this summer's concert season set to break attendance records, it's time to remember a few key items on your concert checklist: don't forget the tickets, be sure to put on some sunscreen, and, oh yeah, don't get arrested.

Like any event with crowds of people (and typically a lot of alcohol) concerts seem to generate their fair share of dumb crime stories.

Here are seven sure-fire, and really dumb, ways to get yourself arrested at a concert.