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10/11/2007 10:17 AM ID: 65575 Permalink   

Man Convicted of DUI on a Skateboard


Australia: 22-year-old Carey Mitchell Symes has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to drink-driving. Symes had been weaving across lanes at speed and going through traffic lights on a skateboard while holding a can of rum.

When police stopped him his blood-alcohol content was .095. He reportedly told officers he was riding a skateboard because he was too drunk to drive. The magistrate recorded a conviction but did not suspend his licence.

"You were affected by alcohol and screaming down a hill towards a road intersection. You could have got yourself killed or caused accidents to other people on the road by your conduct," said magistrate Tom Killeen.

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He wasnt driving. That requires a motor vehicle. Now...Drunk in Public...possibly. Buts like roller skates or blades, its not driving. Meh whatever.
  by: DarkWave     10/11/2007 04:02 PM     
Punishment fit the crime i think, maybe an hour or two community service as well, seeing as e put himself more at risk that anything
  by: tiggyfiggy   10/11/2007 04:15 PM     
if he hadn't been in the road and stuck to bike paths or sidewalks or whatever Australia has for pedestrians then he probably would've gotten away with it.
  by: Calilac     10/11/2007 09:43 PM     
  I dont know  
About over there but in england the only "vehicle" you cant be charge with drink driving is a horse and cart because a horse wont willingly crash its self into a wall so it is deemed "in control". But other than that u can get done of being drunk on a bike skates any thing with wheels realy. it used to be a few years back now that farm and industrial plant was not covered either but they changed after loads of farmers and workmen were driving dumpers and forklifts to the pub.
  by: waz1578   10/12/2007 12:03 PM     
  Here in Texas  
you can get a DUI on a horse.

A skateboard makes sense though. If you run from the police, it is a felony if you are on wheels -- any wheels. Skates, skateboards, unicycles, all will get you a felony. Kinda wierd, eh? Running from the police on a horse is less serious than a skateboard...
  by: psycobob     10/13/2007 12:29 AM     
  hold on a sec...  
you can get rum in cans?!?!?! where can i sign up for that??? the local beaches only allow canned drinks, nothing in glass... rum in a can would be GREAT!!! (said in "Tony" the tiger voice)
  by: The Rambo   10/15/2007 05:10 PM     
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