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Australian police bust man driving car with no steering wheel
Toronto Sun ^ | July 23, 2013 | QMI Agency

Posted on 07/24/2013 4:37:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels

Police in South Australia arrested a man who was found driving a car with no steering wheel and using a pair of vise grips to steer.

At about 8:25 a.m. Monday, police saw the driver of a white Holden sedan driving dangerously on two flat tires in the North Eastern suburbs, police say. When cops stopped the car, they found that no steering wheel was attached and the driver was using a pair of vise grips to guide and turn the car.

The car was unregistered and uninsured and was the subject of a defect notice not to be driven.

Further investigation revealed the car had been involved in a non-fatal hit and run minutes earlier.

The driver, 38, was found to be driving while disqualified and tested positive for methylamphetamine and cannabis, police said.

He was arrested and faces seven charges, including failing to stop at the scene of a crash and driving while disqualified.



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1 posted on 07/24/2013 4:37:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Well who hasn’t driven a car without a steering wheel?


2 posted on 07/24/2013 4:40:39 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga
There is all kinds of junk being driven down the road.

But then who needs laws regulating what can and how one drives on the highways. The cops are just revenue generators after all./S

3 posted on 07/24/2013 4:43:38 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: from occupied ga

I have and I used 2 pairs of vise grips. I also drove a pickup truck the shifted with 2 gears on the column and 2 + reverse on the floor. I drove a Ford Courier all summer without a starter.


4 posted on 07/24/2013 4:47:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels
revealed the car had been involved in a non-fatal hit and run minutes earlier.

It was funny until I saw this. The jerk should be incarcerated for a very long time.

5 posted on 07/24/2013 4:47:07 AM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: rickmichaels

That guy was so stoned he thought his steering wheel was on the right side of the car! ;)


6 posted on 07/24/2013 4:49:24 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: rickmichaels

Vise grips are one of those essential tools when you drive a beater. Having no steering wheel does have a positive side, if you hide the vise grips, how many kids are going to steal your car for a joy ride?

One of my secrets for driving in crime infested cities is to take a car that looks like its next trip is to the scrapyard. Keep plenty of trash on the passenger side and very few are going to give the car a second look.

The rustoleum accents over any rust adds to the effect. Don’t use a spray can though. Use a brush.


7 posted on 07/24/2013 4:52:10 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: rickmichaels

Probably pawned the wheel for meth money.


8 posted on 07/24/2013 4:53:54 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: meatloaf

I had ratchet windows once too.


9 posted on 07/24/2013 4:56:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: meatloaf

You got excellent style, meatloaf. Good deal.


10 posted on 07/24/2013 5:03:06 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: meatloaf

“Keep plenty of trash on the passenger side and very few are going to give the car a second look.”

You are describing my 1957 Bel Air, which is now a souped up sweet ride but has a trash interior. The car is worth money, but it is the only one in town so it sticks out like a sore thumb if someone stole it. It’s tricky to start, and the wiring would be a nightmare to hack, plus it is loud so I;d know if someone is trying to grab it.
Looks can be deceiving.


11 posted on 07/24/2013 5:08:58 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: rickmichaels
Ha...a Holden...just about holding together....prior to expiring in a pool of its own oil.
12 posted on 07/24/2013 5:09:31 AM PDT by spokeshave
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To: spokeshave

mad max IV


13 posted on 07/24/2013 5:13:15 AM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: cripplecreek
For this inventive Aussie the hit skip accident may be the bigger worry.

There are parts of Australia where men take special pride in making machines work without buying the parts "necessary", even if they're accessible and they can afford them. In New Zealand it's practically a national mantra called "Kiwi Ingenuity". Dare say it used to be common here too. And still is in places where the road winds and the Liberals never go.

14 posted on 07/24/2013 5:13:32 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: cripplecreek
I drove a Ford Courier all summer without a starter.

Been there done that. Who needs a starter when you can find a hill?

15 posted on 07/24/2013 5:15:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: katana

Forgot to mention the other little problem of the Meth and Weed blood test results. Maybe this guy is more Cheech and Chong than Jedd Clampett.


16 posted on 07/24/2013 5:17:07 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: rickmichaels

Well, if you are going to get stopped for 1 thing, might as well go for broke. Flat tires, expired license and vise grip steering wheel. Cool.


17 posted on 07/24/2013 5:17:32 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: meatloaf
Use a brush.

I watched a guy paint his car in the street in front of his house with a pea green flat latex paint years ago. The brush marks made it extra special. I didn't check to see if he had vise grips.

I have vise grips I bought about 55 years ago to work on my bicycle. Some of the chrome is worn off where is use it as a hammer but it's still working fine.

18 posted on 07/24/2013 5:19:13 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: from occupied ga

Steering wheels are for wimps.


19 posted on 07/24/2013 5:19:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: from occupied ga

It was such a small truck that I could push start it myself.


20 posted on 07/24/2013 5:29:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels
The car was unregistered and uninsured and was the subject of a defect notice not to be driven.
Further investigation revealed the car had been involved in a non-fatal hit and run minutes earlier.
The driver, 38, was found to be driving while disqualified and tested positive for methylamphetamine and cannabis, police said.
He was arrested and faces seven charges, including failing to stop at the scene of a crash and driving while disqualified.

If only he'd had enough foresight to kidnap a thirteen-year-old girl, he'd have been qualified for high elective office.


21 posted on 07/24/2013 5:38:30 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Right Wing Assault
I watched a guy paint his car in the street in front of his house with a pea green flat latex paint years ago.

Wonder if we know the same guy (not sure about the latex part, though). As an added feature, mine gave it a vinyl top.....with undercoating.

22 posted on 07/24/2013 5:43:51 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: 9YearLurker
If God had intended cars to have steering wheels he would have invented them that way.

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23 posted on 07/24/2013 5:44:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Years ago I watched a neighbor paint his car with a vacuum cleaner. It worked ... sorta.


24 posted on 07/24/2013 5:46:24 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Roccus

I know a guy who founds some John Deere tractor paint so he brush painted his Nova with it. His girlfriend even painted some good looking John Deere emblems for it.


25 posted on 07/24/2013 5:48:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: meatloaf

Fortunately, he wasn’t in Russia where they have no vice grips


26 posted on 07/24/2013 5:49:12 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: rickmichaels

I had a 1960 dodge panel truck, flathead 6 with 3 on the tree.

the tree kept braking...I had the shift lever welded to the shaft that runs along the steering column numerous time, and each time this lasted for a few days....I finally just used a large pair of vise-grips.....

sometime you have to do what you have to do.....


27 posted on 07/24/2013 5:49:44 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: cripplecreek

Or roofs for that matter...


28 posted on 07/24/2013 5:49:47 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: cripplecreek

I laud you for your commitment to safety. Using two pairs of vise-grips SO much safer than relying on a single pair. That guy must be crazy.

And safety isn’t the only concern - there’s also convenience. having a set of vise grips on either side of the steering column allows you to shift your cup of coffee from one hand to the other without having to reach across your body to steer.


29 posted on 07/24/2013 5:49:51 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: rickmichaels

I’ve driven my share of beaters. One car that I had when I was stationed in Germany lost its reverse gear and I drove it for a couple of months like that. I had another car that the battery went dead and I couldn’t afford to replace it until payday. One day when push starting it in the parking lot in back of my apartment building, when jumping into the drivers seat, I hit the side of my head on the door frame and just about knocked myself out. I was starting to black out as the car was rolling into the street, but managed to shake it off and stayed conscious!


30 posted on 07/24/2013 5:53:37 AM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: rickmichaels
Other than the stoned part, I can have sympathy for the driver. Back in my young, foolish, and broke days, I drove my Corvair home for about 15 miles with no clutch or brakes. I even dropped my girlfriend off at her house. There was no way I could have afforded a wrecker.

I hit a stump out in the woods which took out the clutch cable and brake line. I could only shift out of reverse by backing the car up a hill, stopping the engine, and then shifting while the engine was stopped. I could restart the engine in gear since it was then pointing down hill. I shifted gears using only the throttle to match the engine speed to the car speed to take any torque off the driveline. Stop lights were the most difficult. With no brakes or clutch, I had to adjust speed to reach all of the intersections with green lights. I had to run through stop signs in low gear. I was fully prepared to shut off the engine and drive into the ditch for any emergencies (which didn't happen).

31 posted on 07/24/2013 5:54:05 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s easy to see how that shot could be shopped to fit the story even better.


32 posted on 07/24/2013 5:57:26 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: meatloaf

Years ago I saw a guy who covered his conversion van in bright blue carpeting.


33 posted on 07/24/2013 6:11:25 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
Real men use their teeth....this guy is a wimp
34 posted on 07/24/2013 6:27:02 AM PDT by Youngman542012
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To: rickmichaels

I think I can top this. Many years ago a cousin of mine who was an auto mechanic actually rigged a car for a practical joke on his spouse who often complained of his driving. He built in a steering system into the floor of his car that allowed him to steer with his feet and arranged for the steering wheel to come off. Then, when she started complaining, he handed her the steering wheel and said, “OK, then, you steer it!”

Damn, I would have wanted to be in the car to witness that one!


35 posted on 07/24/2013 6:28:31 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: norwaypinesavage

Back in the days of doers.

My grandfather told me about salvaging an old water heater from a bombed out house in WWII Belgium, cutting the top of it off with thermite, and turning it into a 40 gallon coffee percolator. He said it made him real popular with his artillery battery for a while.


36 posted on 07/24/2013 6:33:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Back in the days of doers.

I like that.

37 posted on 07/24/2013 6:35:23 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: cripplecreek
I drove a Ford Courier all summer without a starter.

Always park on a hill?


38 posted on 07/24/2013 6:45:40 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: rickmichaels

Holden = an Oz Chevy


39 posted on 07/24/2013 6:59:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: meatloaf

That reminds me. I have to go turn off my garden faucet.


40 posted on 07/24/2013 7:05:12 AM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: norwaypinesavage

....and what were you doing with your girlfriend out in the woods that let you to hit that stump???? ;)


41 posted on 07/24/2013 7:09:35 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: rickmichaels
Police in South Australia arrested a man who was found driving a car with no steering wheel and using a pair of vise grips to steer.

Was he arrested by the Vice Cops?

42 posted on 07/24/2013 7:39:42 AM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: meatloaf

My secret: don’t drive in ‘crime-infested cities’.


43 posted on 07/24/2013 8:01:18 AM PDT by expat2
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To: katana

US rednecks are also remarkably ingenious in ‘low-cost repair work’.


44 posted on 07/24/2013 8:03:12 AM PDT by expat2
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To: cripplecreek

I drove a good distance once after my throttle cable broke by tying a piece of wire to the throttle linkage and pulling on the wire to operate the throttle.

Worked great.

Also had a car with a bad ignition switch that wouldn’t operate the starter solenoid, so I became quite adept at bridging the contacts with a big socket to start the car (had to do it from below). Eventually, I installed a switch on the dashboard to do the same thing.


45 posted on 07/24/2013 8:16:27 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Fishing line operated windshield wipers.


46 posted on 07/24/2013 8:21:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Vaquero

My friend had an old van with the same problem. He stuck a cow’s horn he just happened to have on the stub and drove it that way.

He also had one of those stupid yellow plastic waving hands in the back window, but he improved it by breaking off all but one finger.

That went well with the bumper sticker that said “I’m not as think as you stoned I am”. He had get rid of it off since the cops kept stopping him.

Fun times!


47 posted on 07/24/2013 8:23:39 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: cripplecreek

The turn signal device mounted on my steering column was broken on the inside. The part was going to cost about $100. I installed a $5 toggle switch on the console, flip right for right turn, left for left turn, pull up for 4 way flashers. The owners of the the inspection station spoke among rhemselves in Greek ...laughed heartily and slapped on the inspection sticker.


48 posted on 07/24/2013 8:34:52 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: bert

A Russian once joked to me that the only tool he needed to work on his Lada was a hammer.


49 posted on 07/24/2013 8:54:11 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be what you might have been.)
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To: Roccus

There was a guy in my old neighborhood who had a T-bird that he coated with burgundy astroturf. It actually lokked pretty cool.


50 posted on 07/24/2013 9:14:42 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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