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Drunk Motorised Beer Cooler Driver Banned

17 August 2011

An Australian man has been banned from driving for 10 months after being caught on a scooter made of a motorised beer cooler.

The revamped 50cc scooter features a cooler box, which doubles up as a driver's seat and is able to hold up to 48 bottles of beer.

Chris Petrie, 23, bought the scooter on the internet for \$630 (£404).

He apparently decided to sample a few beers while assembling it before driving it home, according to a local television station.

Petrie told Australian news channel Network Ten: "By the time we built it, it was quite late so we thought we'd go for a bit of a test run."

He was pulled over by police and found to be more than three times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Petrie was also charged with driving without a licence.

When asked in court if the cooler was fully loaded, Petrie informed the judge that the scooter was packed with canned rum and cokes.

He has also been fined \$500 (£320).