Herald Sun

BUDDY’S A DOGGED DRIVER

- COURTNEY BEAUMONT

YOU’D have to be barking mad to drive on the footpath, but that didn’t stop this driver from cruising along it in his black Mercedes convertibl­e.

Buddy the pooch— 107 years old (in dog years) and deaf and blind — was joyriding in his remote controlled luxury car in West Heidelberg.

The elderly driver hooned down Waterdale Rd before being pulled over by police on Tuesday morning.

Leading Senior Constable Lynda Giblett said she’d never seen anything like it.

“Of course we had to stop and check it out,” she said.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes.”

Buddy’s owner Terri, who is also deaf, takes him for walks frequently and controls the Merc from a few metres behind.

Cruising in his car is the most effective way for Buddy to get the fresh air he needs.

“It absolutely made our day,” Constable Giblett said.

The police said although Buddy doesn’t hold a valid driver’s licence, he was not a threat to the community.

 ??  ?? Buddy out and about on his regular “drive’’ in West Heidelberg, meets the long arm of the law while hooning along in his remotecont­rolled Mercedes.
Buddy out and about on his regular “drive’’ in West Heidelberg, meets the long arm of the law while hooning along in his remotecont­rolled Mercedes.

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