Making out with palm trees. Mistaking police cars for taxi cabs. Rolling a stolen restaurant barbecue down the road, flames shooting up from the chicken cooking on the grill.

Such hijinks have earned South Padre Island, Texas, municipal Judge David Colwell’s morning-after docket the reputation as one of the best shows in town during spring break — an annual rite for U.S. college students who gather in beach towns along the U.S. Gulf Coast for alcohol-soaked parties.