Drunk man’s chilly bin caper

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

A Taranaki man got a frosty re­cep­tion from po­lice when he was snapped rid­ing drunk on a mo­torised chilly bin.

About 8pm on De­cem­ber 9, Lani Lewis Hunt was stopped by of­fi­cers on Nga¯motu Rd in New Ply­mouth af­ter he was seen rid­ing south along the street while sit­ting atop the four-wheeled mo­bile chiller.

The sum­mary of facts said Hunt was breath tested by an of­fi­cer and blew 538 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath, which is more than dou­ble the le­gal limit of 250 mcg.

‘‘In ex­pla­na­tion the de­fen­dant ad­mit­ted to drink­ing al­co­hol and stated that he had just gone to the dairy to get some smokes and had not re­alised it was il­le­gal to drive the mo­torised chilly bin on the road.’’

Hunt ap­peared in the New Ply­mouth District Court on Thurs­day, where he pleaded guilty to drinkdriv­ing and driv­ing with­out a li­cence.

The 35-year-old was con­victed and fined $500 but no driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion was im­posed.

- By Deena Coster


Mo­torised chilly bins, like the one Lani Hunt was rid­ing, are listed for sale on­line for about $800.

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