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(Telegraph)   Not news: Man arrested for drunk driving. News: the car was pink and had Barbies on it. Fark: It was an electric toy car designed for five-year olds   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 113
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2010-04-19 07:47:45 AM  
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2010-04-19 08:23:32 AM  
Come on Barbie, let's go party.

/Ah ah ah yeah.
 
2010-04-19 08:26:53 AM  
I'm equally surprised.
 
2010-04-19 08:40:34 AM  
His story seems fishy, why was he modifying his son's Barbie car?
 
2010-04-19 08:42:06 AM  
This is retarded.
 
2010-04-19 08:45:21 AM  
AhISeeWhatYouDidThere: This is retarded.

yeah, drunk in public I can see....
 
2010-04-19 08:45:34 AM  
"Drink-driving"?
 
2010-04-19 08:47:28 AM  
Operating a toy while drinking is a crime? I could see drunk in public, possibly something about operating an unauthorized vehicle on the road... maybe even criminal mischief. But DUI? That's a stretch. He's not going to run over a family of four on that thing...

*hiccup*
 
2010-04-19 08:52:27 AM  
badscooter

Backstory please.
 
2010-04-19 08:53:43 AM  
Thank God it wasn't a pogo stick

/nothing says danger to the public like drink-driving a pogo stick
 
2010-04-19 08:55:11 AM  
ha-ha-guy: His story seems fishy, why was he modifying his son's Barbie car?

cuz subby failed, the car was(once)pink, if i am reading it right he probably painted it too in addition to the larger wheels.....

/wonders if he was driving down the road singing "little pink Corvette"?
 
2010-04-19 09:02:43 AM  
www.nucountry.com.au
Use a lawn mower next time Yankee
 
2010-04-19 09:06:41 AM  
i have a trailer pulled behind my john deere to toss the emptys into. if i stay off the street i think its legal. i lust for a dixie chopper that is billed as
"the worlds fastest lawnmower"- it is awsome.
 
2010-04-19 09:08:56 AM  
Well, it's a good thing it wasn't shaped like a little airplane. They might have taken away his pilot's license.
 
2010-04-19 09:10:01 AM  
Sometimes you're just a tool.

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2010-04-19 09:12:28 AM  
The punishment should be proportional to how much damage he was likely to have caused with his vehicle.
 
2010-04-19 09:14:38 AM  
Yes, of course he was charged with drunk driving, I mean he could have killed someone in that thing! It was hurtling pink plastic death machine!

\*facepalm*
 
2010-04-19 09:15:10 AM  
Agarista: The punishment should be proportional to how much damage he was likely to have caused with his vehicle.

So, you mean like an actual slap on the wrist?
 
2010-04-19 09:15:41 AM  
So, he can still drive his Barbie car because no license is needed for that, am I right?

/forcing him to drive the toy car, that's the real punishment
 
2010-04-19 09:19:57 AM  
Anyone remember those cars in a suitcase that could do 40+ MPH? Whatever happened to those? Did all the people that buy them die or something? I wonder if you needed a license for those?
 
2010-04-19 09:24:22 AM  
StarshipPooper: Did all the people that buy them die or something?

I think they went to the same place as Lawn Darts.
 
2010-04-19 09:27:09 AM  
He apparently drives a girly car.
 
2010-04-19 09:32:15 AM  
"I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Are Brits completely spineless and brain washed? FFS man, you should be enraged by your punishment.
 
2010-04-19 09:33:13 AM  
Can you get a DUI while riding a horse? Better yet, a mule?

If so, I might just have to get smashingly drunk, ride a mule into town, get arrested, try to run and be tasered while filmed by a police dashboard cam, all for posterity.

I will have to give this serious consideration.
 
2010-04-19 09:33:44 AM  
Oh, come on! Who hasn't seen one of those mini toy cars, or a lawn mower and thought "If I can soup it up, I bet I can do some pretty fun stuff with it". The guy had a pretty good idea, the bad idea was that he was caught drinking.
 
2010-04-19 09:34:49 AM  
Tatsuma: Can you get a DUI while riding a horse? Better yet, a mule?

If so, I might just have to get smashingly drunk, ride a mule into town, get arrested, try to run and be tasered while filmed by a police dashboard cam, all for posterity.

I will have to give this serious consideration.


Wasn't there an article of a guy that was arrested for DUI on a horse?.
 
2010-04-19 09:37:03 AM  
What COP is his right mind would tag a dad in a toy electric car in-front of his house for dunk-driving..WTF???

The thing only goes 4 miles per hour.

This article has FAIL written all over it.
 
2010-04-19 09:41:26 AM  
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REVENUE!
 
2010-04-19 09:44:23 AM  
EZ Writer: But DUI? That's a stretch.

The law applies to any "mechanically propelled vehicle" and the magistrate is obliged to enforce a ban unless there are exceptional circumstances. No magistrate is going to hold that the circumstances are exceptional if the defendant has been banned in the past.
 
2010-04-19 09:46:03 AM  
BraveNewCheneyWorld: "I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Are Brits completely spineless and brain washed? FFS man, you should be enraged by your punishment.


Maintaining the British Empire for 400 years really seems to have worn those guys out. They should start screening the first 3/4 of The Patriot in schools to teach kids that the British used to be ruthless and proud.
 
2010-04-19 09:50:02 AM  
One of the DUI videos we watched in driver's ed class featured an old guy getting decapitated via drunk-driving his golf cart around the neighborhood. The special effects were about as magical as the priest's decapitation in "The Omen."
 
2010-04-19 09:58:31 AM  
what if the car was remote controlled?

can you get a dui for that?
 
2010-04-19 09:58:45 AM  
My 2-year-old daughter has the pink Barbie Mustang Power Wheels car, but she knows to call us if she is too drunk to drive. We're good parents.
 
2010-04-19 10:02:50 AM  
noYOUare: One of the DUI videos we watched in driver's ed class featured an old guy getting decapitated via drunk-driving his golf cart around the neighborhood. The special effects were about as magical as the priest's decapitation in "The Omen."

Did the video have a lurid title, too? Something like "Blood Runs Red on the Fairway!"?
 
2010-04-19 10:05:38 AM  
BigNumber12: Maintaining the British Empire for 400 years really seems to have worn those guys out. They should start screening the first 3/4 of The Patriot in schools to teach kids that the British used to be ruthless and proud.

It's true. For example we commanded and provided half the force for didn't even bother to turn out the largest airborne operation since WW2 and have been the second largest troop force throughout the Afghan and Iraq wars ran away crying like little girls when asked to assist the US's feeble-minded Middle Eastern adventures.
 
2010-04-19 10:06:27 AM  
BigNumber12: BraveNewCheneyWorld: "I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Are Brits completely spineless and brain washed? FFS man, you should be enraged by your punishment.

Maintaining the British Empire for 400 years really seems to have worn those guys out. They should start screening the first 3/4 of The Patriot in schools to teach kids that the British used to be ruthless and proud.


Without wishing to go into historical lecture mode, or an anti-stereotype diatribe I only say that this chap probably was very unhappy with his punishment, but you don't get sympathy by yelling and shooting everything in sight. Pretend you're calm and rational, and above all be apologetic, and people might take pity on you and overturn the ban.
 
2010-04-19 10:06:46 AM  
Agarista: The punishment should be proportional to how much damage he was likely to have caused with his vehicle.

You mean like causing an actual car to swerve into another or a load of pedestrians?

Quite a lot then.
 
2010-04-19 10:06:55 AM  
BraveNewCheneyWorld: "I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Are Brits completely spineless and brain washed? FFS man, you should be enraged by your punishment.


I thought that was odd too, if he says it was ridiculous and insane would they lock him up in London tower or something?
 
2010-04-19 10:07:59 AM  
Prank Call of Cthulhu: noYOUare: One of the DUI videos we watched in driver's ed class featured an old guy getting decapitated via drunk-driving his golf cart around the neighborhood. The special effects were about as magical as the priest's decapitation in "The Omen."

Did the video have a lurid title, too? Something like "Blood Runs Red on the Fairway!"?


Unfortunately, the alcohol I've consumed in the last 20 years since then has clouded my memory of further details other than the look on his wife's face as she watched the accident happen from the kitchen window. It was Oscar-worthy.
 
2010-04-19 10:08:23 AM  
Someone mentioned "public drunkenness". How does that work? What about Mardi Gras and similar events? Baseball games? Everyone drinks at those just to make them tolerable. Or even if you're leaving a bar and you responsibly decide not to drive but have no money for a cab?
 
2010-04-19 10:12:24 AM  
I was disappointed there wasn't a picture of him in the barbie car.
 
2010-04-19 10:14:53 AM  
Most likely it was just the easiest law to use to get him to keep a toy off the road. It could easily have been a hazard - kids don't normally drive those down the road. It wouldn't be able to get out of a car's way easily, and is low to the ground and such... accident waiting to happen.
 
2010-04-19 10:14:53 AM  
Headso: BraveNewCheneyWorld: "I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Are Brits completely spineless and brain washed? FFS man, you should be enraged by your punishment.

I thought that was odd too, if he says it was ridiculous and insane would they lock him up in London tower or something?


Yep. 'angin's too good for 'im.
 
2010-04-19 10:15:33 AM  
Mugato: Someone mentioned "public drunkenness". How does that work? What about Mardi Gras and similar events? Baseball games? Everyone drinks at those just to make them tolerable. Or even if you're leaving a bar and you responsibly decide not to drive but have no money for a cab?

Public drunkenness usualy really translates to "Drunk and Disorderly Conduct". I think that public drunkenness is the layman term, but don't quote me - I'm not a lawyer. (I am a command legal officer and accompany idiots from my command to court, but not as legal counsel)

Levels vary by state... But generally speaking it's when you go from being buzzed and having a good time to becoming a nuisance. At Mardi Gras, most of the attendees are also hammered, so as long as you're not standing out as the alpha asshole - you'll be good. Same goes for the ballpark...
 
2010-04-19 10:18:30 AM  
Slaxl: Without wishing to go into historical lecture mode, or an anti-stereotype diatribe I only say that this chap probably was very unhappy with his punishment, but you don't get sympathy by yelling and shooting everything in sight. Pretend you're calm and rational, and above all be apologetic, and people might take pity on you and overturn the ban.

Pretend to be apologetic? To someone who clearly wronged you? Whenever I hear anyone biatch about how someone else treats them, I tell them the same thing "You teach people how to treat you". Apologizing to those who wrong you will only get you more of the same, and probably worse.
 
2010-04-19 10:19:28 AM  
Mugato: Someone mentioned "public drunkenness".

Where?

How does that work?

In England and Wales it doesn't. It was very rarely used and was repealed by the Licensing Act 2003.
 
2010-04-19 10:21:32 AM  
BraveNewCheneyWorld: Whenever I hear anyone biatch about how someone else treats them, I tell them the same thing "You teach people how to treat you"

I'm sure that works really well for you. Why not try it with a police officer?

/eagerly awaits Tasing anecdote
 
2010-04-19 10:23:41 AM  
cats4rent: i have a trailer pulled behind my john deere to toss the emptys into. if i stay off the street i think its legal. i lust for a dixie chopper that is billed as
"the worlds fastest lawnmower"- it is awsome.


Some states have laws that allow cops to arrest people on private property for DUI because they could have the intent to drive on public roads.
 
2010-04-19 10:25:41 AM  
BraveNewCheneyWorld: Slaxl: Without wishing to go into historical lecture mode, or an anti-stereotype diatribe I only say that this chap probably was very unhappy with his punishment, but you don't get sympathy by yelling and shooting everything in sight. Pretend you're calm and rational, and above all be apologetic, and people might take pity on you and overturn the ban.

Pretend to be apologetic? To someone who clearly wronged you? Whenever I hear anyone biatch about how someone else treats them, I tell them the same thing "You teach people how to treat you". Apologizing to those who wrong you will only get you more of the same, and probably worse.


Don't be silly, this isn't a case of someone clearly wronged by a corrupt justice system. He was in the wrong, and causing a danger on the roads while intoxicated and has a previous for driving drunk. The only thing debatable is how harsh the sentence is. I think it is harsh, and if it was me I would be arguing all the way, but you can't just stand up to a court when you broke the law and tear them a new one if you want any hope of getting your license back.
 
2010-04-19 10:26:40 AM  
BigNumber12: They should start screening the first 3/4 of The Patriot in schools to teach kids that the British used to be ruthless and proud.

Does the first 3/4 include that scene where they locked all the people in the church and burned it to the ground, killing them all, women and children included? Because nothing like that ever happened in the revolution. Something similar might have happened at the hands of the nazis in a french village in wwii, but the British did have a smidge of humanity and honor, apparently.

ErinPac: kids don't normally drive those down the road.

You should come to my neighborhood. Lately, the older boys are appropriating them and playing chicken with actual cars in the street. They seem to think a lawsuit will hurt me more than a two week hospital stay will hurt them.
 
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