Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Armless man caught speeding in NZ
BBC ^ | 3/24/06

Posted on 03/24/2006 2:12:13 PM PST by iPod Shuffle

Armless man caught speeding in NZ

A man with no arms has been caught speeding at 121 km/h (75 mph), according to police in New Zealand.

The driver, who used one foot to steer and another to operate the pedals, told officers he was born with no arms but had been driving for years.

The 32-year-old had passengers in the car when he was stopped on a highway near Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty area.

Police fined the unemployed man NZ$170 (£60) and banned him from driving, local media reported.

'Shocked officer'

The driver, whose name has not been published, was going well over the speed limit of 100 km/h (60 mph) when he was stopped by police on Thursday.

Map The driver was caught speeding near Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty area

Senior Constable Brent Gray approached the driver's window, saw a foot on the dashboard and noticed the seat was reclined.

Mr Gray told colleagues he thought the man had an "attitude", then noticed the driver had no arms.

"He (Mr Gray) was pretty shocked by that, as you would be," acting Senior Sgt Deirdre Lack was quoted as telling local newspaper the Bay of Plenty Times.

The driver told police he had never held a driving licence.

Ms Lack said the motorist had been a danger to fellow drivers because he was breaking the limit.

"Obviously, driving at a speed like that, arms or not, you're just waiting for an accident," she said.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: gottohandittohim; longarmofthelaw; unarmed

1 posted on 03/24/2006 2:12:15 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

That's pretty good. :)


2 posted on 03/24/2006 2:14:43 PM PST by Red6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

He is probably a better driver than those who try to drive while talking on a cellphone.


3 posted on 03/24/2006 2:18:24 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle
"Listen pal, don't make me tell you again! Put your arms up in the air where I can see them!"

I'm guessing that's where some of the driver's attitude came from. ;o)

4 posted on 03/24/2006 2:18:41 PM PST by Millee (Don't make me get out my voodoo doll out!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle; PaulaB; Dashing Dasher; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; najida; teenyelliott; ...

This is bound to get good ping!


5 posted on 03/24/2006 2:21:02 PM PST by Millee (Don't make me get out my voodoo doll out!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

Well at least the cop was in no danger from the unarmed man.


6 posted on 03/24/2006 2:21:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Millee

Must suck to have to drive and not be able to flip off other drivers.


7 posted on 03/24/2006 2:26:14 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

He should have been able to get a license if he is able to pass the driving test.


8 posted on 03/24/2006 2:29:13 PM PST by MinorityRepublican (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Slings and Arrows

This is not a ping....

(Heard this on ESPN radio today @ lunch)

8^)


9 posted on 03/24/2006 2:29:57 PM PST by The SISU kid (Scoliosis Pomegranate Polk (my new Blues name))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

One foot on the gas and one on the wheel....


10 posted on 03/24/2006 2:31:48 PM PST by usmcobra (I always sing Karaoke the way it is meant to be sung, drunk, badly, and in Japanese)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: teenyelliott
Come out with you hands....err....feet up!!

How do you "hand"cuff a criminal like that??

8^)
11 posted on 03/24/2006 2:33:08 PM PST by The SISU kid (Scoliosis Pomegranate Polk (my new Blues name))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

The sign said "No Shoulder Driving" so he thought he was ok.


12 posted on 03/24/2006 2:34:51 PM PST by irishtenor (At 270 pounds, I am twice the bike rider Lance is. Strike that, now at 266 and counting.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle

Kind of takes the fun out of "look ma, no hands".


13 posted on 03/24/2006 2:43:13 PM PST by just deserts
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: teenyelliott

Hi kido well your back I saw that guy driving today he gave me the toe


14 posted on 03/24/2006 2:47:44 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: al baby

did he shake his big toe at you reprimandingly or did he give you the middle toe


15 posted on 03/24/2006 2:49:23 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: teenyelliott

It was the middle toe and it looked just like Nancy Pelosi


16 posted on 03/24/2006 2:54:32 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: teenyelliott

He has no arms and it sounds like he doesn't have a leg to stand on, either.


17 posted on 03/24/2006 2:54:59 PM PST by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: gorush
If you steal, you get your hand cut off.

If you speed, you get your lead foot cut off.

This guy is screwed.

18 posted on 03/24/2006 2:59:33 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: teenyelliott
I had a real crappy Friday You made my day by being back here


19 posted on 03/24/2006 3:00:22 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: al baby
that's disgusting. appropriate, but disgusting.

She shore does deserve to be shoved into a shoe and be made all stinky and sweaty.

20 posted on 03/24/2006 3:01:38 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: al baby

thanks, al. it is good to be back.


21 posted on 03/24/2006 3:03:06 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle
On a serious note:

About twenty years ago I was the CFO of a vehicle conversion company, that modified vans to be driven by quadriplegics, or anybody in between.

At the time, if the client was employed, and owned a vehicle, the State of Massachusetts would pay up to $35,000 for the vehicle conversion.

We had one client - a thalidomide baby, whose hands were connected to his shoulders, without arms.

With his magic ring, he would wave at a certain part of the van, and the door would pop open, he'd climb into the driver seat, and be automatically strapped in, slip off his shoe, and insert his foot into a holder on the floor mounted steering wheel, and a row of toggle switches on the floor relayed everything from the dashboard, even to the bass/treble radio balance to be operated by his toes.

Should'a seen this guy drive. Absolutely amazing. He could even zip up his jacket by hooking a toe in the zipper pull, up to his throat.

This job gave me a whole new perspective of the adaptability of people.

22 posted on 03/24/2006 3:22:52 PM PST by aShepard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iPod Shuffle; Millee
Mr Gray told colleagues he thought the man had an "attitude",

"And I'm STILL trying to figure out how he gave me the finger!"

23 posted on 03/24/2006 3:40:24 PM PST by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
Well at least the cop was in no danger from the unarmed man.

Well, of course. The murder suspect is always the ONE armed man.

24 posted on 03/24/2006 3:43:03 PM PST by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: aShepard

I had a friend lose his leg in a motorcycle accident & had a conversion bike built. He still rides.


25 posted on 03/24/2006 5:59:29 PM PST by Feiny (You sound more confused than a homophobic Clay Aiken fan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido
Ms Lack said the motorist had been a danger to fellow drivers.

But he was armless.

26 posted on 03/24/2006 6:24:16 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Have a beer (Offer not vaild in Canada)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson