An Australian man caught driving a motorized cooler box through a beachside resort town appeared in court charged with drunk driving, The Courier Mail reported Monday.
Christopher Petrie, 23, faces charges of driving under the influence and driving without a license after police caught him on the makeshift vehicle, which was powered by a 50cc engine.
Petrie’s lawyers won an adjournment from magistrate John Parker as they sought to establish “whether a motorized esky [cooler box] was in fact a motor vehicle.”
An amused Parker inquired with Petrie about his cooler box’s performance.
“How much beer can it hold?” he asked the defendant. Petrie told the court the cooler box could hold “at least a couple of cartons.”
It brings up an interesting question of whether someone may be charged with the same offense here in the United States. While each State may have their own definition of “vehicle” for the purposes of DUI/DWI laws, it appears that, in most states, the definition of “vehicle” would include such a motorized cooler, regardless of whether it was homemade or purchased from a retailer.