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Court slaps $500 fine on drunken driver of motorised esky in Noosa
The Noosa Journal ^ | 16 Aug 2011 | Brooke Hargraves

Posted on 08/16/2011 12:00:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Christopher Ian Petrie made national headlines last week after The Noosa Journal broke the story of the 23 year-old caught driving the four-stroke "extreme cooler" under the influence.

A packed Noosa Heads Magistrates Court heard Petrie and a friend had each purchased an esky online "for a bit of a giggle."

Defence lawyer Bernard Bradley said his client's esky was "suffering some mechanical problems" on the day in question so Petrie took it to a friend's house where he consumed a number of drinks while working on the esky's engine.

The court heard that when Petrie and his friend managed to get the esky started, they decided to take it for a "test drive" along Hastings Street where they were intercepted by police.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Tony Melmeth said the esky was travelling at "approximately 20 kilometres per hour" when officers intercepted the pair and carried out a random breath test on Noosa Parade.

Petrie registered a 0.160 per cent blood alcohol level and told police he did not have a licence.

Mr Bradley told magistrate John Parker that his client "didn't realise the esky was classified as a motor vehicle" and had not intended to break the law.

(Excerpt) Read more at couriermail.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cooler; drunkdriver; esky

1 posted on 08/16/2011 12:00:46 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

As long as no moose were injured in Noosa, then all ends well.


2 posted on 08/16/2011 12:04:52 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: All
OK, I admit I has to look up an esky. Pic here with the perp.


3 posted on 08/16/2011 12:08:08 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: 6SJ7

Noosa is a beautiful area. My wife and I try to visit there every time we go back to her homeland.


4 posted on 08/16/2011 12:08:16 PM PDT by formerlytempaussie (Winter is coming!)
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To: 6SJ7
As long as no moose were injured in Noosa, then all ends well.

There are no moose in Noosa. Noosa is where the kangaroos are loosa.

Youtube video of a motorized esky cooler

5 posted on 08/16/2011 12:10:30 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: smokingfrog
Noosa? Esky?

One on't cross beams gone owt askew on treadle!

6 posted on 08/16/2011 12:15:28 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Why did you post this, and why did you post it on Free Republic?)
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To: smokingfrog

Mildly refreshing to see that liberal, bureaucratic, over-reaching government insanity is not limited to the US.


7 posted on 08/16/2011 12:16:27 PM PDT by BFM (CLINTON is and always will be a rapist. Never forget!)
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To: KarlInOhio
Xtremecooler

I want one.

8 posted on 08/16/2011 12:16:38 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: KarlInOhio

After watching some of those eskies in action, methinks they need a blade underneath so that the operator could mow the lawn while riding.


9 posted on 08/16/2011 12:16:47 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: smokingfrog
Get it on EBay

Motorised Esky. Red. New. 4-Stroke 2 Horse Power Engine. Tough ATV Type Off-Road Tyres. Aluminium Mag Wheels. Running Boards. Fenders. Rear Disc Brakes. Safety Rear Bumpers/Wheelie Bar. High Ground Clearance. Compact in design to Fit Truck, SUV or Van.


10 posted on 08/16/2011 12:17:19 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: smokingfrog

A guys driving a motorized beer cooler, and gets pulled over for a breath test. Was there probable cause?


11 posted on 08/16/2011 12:19:48 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Lazamataz
I was about to inquire about Noosa and Esky myself.

Glad to see you're on top of things here.

12 posted on 08/16/2011 12:21:53 PM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Was there probable cause?

Absolutely not! Just another case of jack-booted thuggery. /s

13 posted on 08/16/2011 12:22:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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47 Days And FR Is Still Short Of Its Goal

Name Another Site Where You Can Get As Much Information

Can't Think Of One?

Then Why Don't You Donate

14 posted on 08/16/2011 12:22:55 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: HangnJudge; glock rocks; tubebender; vox_freedom; SouthTexas; Pete-R-Bilt

slap a roll cage on some of them babies and I know a few folk that would gladly race ‘em.


15 posted on 08/16/2011 12:29:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: az_gila

Don’t laugh,
This is about what we all will be driving when obammy’s fuel efficiancy standards take over.


16 posted on 08/16/2011 12:33:21 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Don't trust the F.B.I. the C.I.A. and specially the B.A.T.F.)
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To: smokingfrog

IOW just another day in Noosa.


17 posted on 08/16/2011 1:00:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach government employees how to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: smokingfrog
This story reminded me of this:

I Know My Rights!

18 posted on 08/16/2011 1:49:06 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Tony Melmeth said the esky was travelling at “approximately 20 kilometres per hour” when officers intercepted the pair and carried out a random breath test on Noosa Parade.”

That’s about 12 miles per hour. Was the government afraid that he’d stub somebody’s toe or something?


19 posted on 08/16/2011 2:25:34 PM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (Springtime in America will arrive on January 21, 2013.)
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To: NormsRevenge; HangnJudge; glock rocks; tubebender; vox_freedom; Pete-R-Bilt

Last Nascar race I went to, they were already racing them. :)


20 posted on 08/16/2011 3:04:57 PM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: KarlInOhio
There are no moose in Noosa. Noosa is where the kangaroos are loosa.

LOL!

21 posted on 08/17/2011 4:01:58 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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