A Noosa man has lost his licence for 10 months and was fined $500 for driving a motorised esky while drunk.
Police caught Chris Petrie driving the esky along Noosa Parade just before midnight on June 16.
When breath tested (we doubt it was a ‘random breath test’), the 23-year-old blew 0.160 – more than three times the legal limit. He did not have his driver’s licence with him at the time of the incident.
The eksy in question is powered by a 50cc two-stroke engine and has a top speed of 20km/h.
In court yesterday, Mr Petrie’s lawyer told Magistrate John Parker his client was not aware that an esky was classified as a vehicle.
In delivering his verdict, Mr Parker admitted he had to consult the statue to confirm that a motorised esky qualified as a motor vehicle.
“It’s an unfortunate situation. If he’d been drunk on a horse he’d have been okay,” Mr Parker said, as reported by News Ltd.
“Never the less you were in a motor vehicle… on a motor vehicle… and there must be a penalty.”
Mr Petrie was charged with drink driving and driving without a licence.
Mr Petrie admitted he had done the wrong thing, and joked that he may sell the motorised esky – which he spent $600 on – to pay his fine.
What do you think? Did Mr Petrie deserve to lose his licence, or is it a bit ridiculous to ban someone for driving an esky? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.