Skip to comments.Court slaps $500 fine on drunken driver of motorised esky in Noosa
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.
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As long as no moose were injured in Noosa, then all ends well.
Noosa is a beautiful area. My wife and I try to visit there every time we go back to her homeland.
There are no moose in Noosa. Noosa is where the kangaroos are loosa.
One on't cross beams gone owt askew on treadle!
Mildly refreshing to see that liberal, bureaucratic, over-reaching government insanity is not limited to the US.
I want one.
After watching some of those eskies in action, methinks they need a blade underneath so that the operator could mow the lawn while riding.
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.
A guys driving a motorized beer cooler, and gets pulled over for a breath test. Was there probable cause?
Glad to see you're on top of things here.
Absolutely not! Just another case of jack-booted thuggery. /s
slap a roll cage on some of them babies and I know a few folk that would gladly race ‘em.
This is about what we all will be driving when obammy’s fuel efficiancy standards take over.
IOW just another day in Noosa.
“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?
Last Nascar race I went to, they were already racing them. :)