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Teen banned for 'drunk mowing'

2011-07-13 07:40

LONG ARM OF THE LAW(N): Maunder's vehicle of choice, similar to the one pictured here, made him an easy target for police officers.

 
A UK teenager has been banned from the roads after he was caught while driving a lawnmower capable of a top speed of 24kph.

The London Daily Mail has reported how Joel Maunder, 18, hopped on to a power lawn-mower on a Saturday night in June, 2011 to visit friends but saw his journey cut short by some startled police officers.

The teen’s blood-alcohol level when he was stopped was reported to have been more than twice the legal limit and Maunder apparently faced prosecution for piloting a mechanically-propelled vehicle while unfit.

DON'T DRINK AND MOW

In July, 2011, he was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay costs equivalent to about R1100. The magistrate said four months of the ban would he lopped off if he successfully completed a driving course.

A spokesman for the lawnmower importer E P Barras said: "'Naturally we would advise people not to use this sort of machinery after drinking alcohol and clearly it should not be taken on the road in that condition."

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