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Australian Man Arrested for Drunk Driving of Motorized Beer Cooler

September 7, 2011 | Posted In Recent News - Criminal Law

It’s not every day that police officers come across a person driving a motorized beer cart under the influence of alcohol.  It is even rarer have such people charged for DUI.  That was exactly what happened in Australia in June, when a man was arrested after he was found operating a motorized beer cooler under the influence of alcohol.

The man had outfitted his beer cart with a 50 cc two-stroke engine.  He was driving the cooler to a resort town in Queensland, when the police officers pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving.  He's waiting to be charged for driving under the influence, while lawyers and prosecutors tried to determine whether the vehicle he was driving does indeed constitute a motor vehicle.  He will make his next appearance in court on August 16.

This might seem like a funny story, but there have been cases like this in this country, too.  In 2008, a man was arrested in New York after he was found driving around the streets on a Cruizin’ Cooler.  He was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  Under New York law, the cooler was considered to be a motor vehicle, which means the people operating it cannot be driving under the influence and must have a valid license. 

These incidents may seem hilarious, but a New Jersey DUI arrest is assuredly not.  A person convicted of DUI in New Jersey could be looking at penalties ranging from fines and a suspended license to a prison sentence.

The New Jersey DUI lawyers at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons charged with DUI across New Jersey.

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