Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Man Loses His License After Driving Barbie Car

By Saul Malpass

Hard to believe but true, a 40 year old man was caught this year driving a Barbie car and was pulled over by police for being over the limit on alcohol. The car was travelling at 4 Mph at the hands of Paul Hutton who was drunk at the time. The ex RAF aeronautical engineer was given a 3 year ban for drink driving as he had been previously caught within the last ten years. Hutton was also slapped with a 12 month conditional sentence and an 85 fine for his troubles.

Hutton claimed to be shocked to receive the fines at driving a kid's toy. The child's toy was designed for 3 to 5 year olds and not a 40 year old man like Hutton. Hutton squeezed into the car as what he described like a 'contortionist' and comically drove it down the road. Hutton went onto say "I was very surprised to get done for drink-driving but I was a twit to say the least. I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Hutton from his past in the RAF was retraining as an electrical engineer which partly inspired him to create the masterpiece of the Barbie vehicle, having replaced the original wheels with bigger ones his project was complete. He built and designed it with his son who is currently doing a car mechanics course.

The car itself was a pink Barbie mobile with bigger wheels that had been built in by Hutton and his son. The vehicle is incredibly slow and can easily be outrun by a pedestrian and mobility scooters reach higher speeds, on this evidence it doesn't seem like the vehicle would be a hazard to anyone.

Chairman of the bench Neil Munson said: "This is most unusual." I have never seen the like of it in 15 years on the bench. "The vehicle is not even capable of doing the speed of a mobility scooter and could be outrun by a pedestrian." Taking this into account, we feel we can impose a sentence of a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months" The car is currently held by police but Mr Hutton said he would one day like it back, maybe not to drive drunk in it though.

Half a million breathalyzers are carried out within the UK every year, and one in 5 of these are tested positive, this crime is still quite common but the culprits are usually found doing more than 4mph in a Barbie car.

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