BUDDY’S A DOGGED DRIVER

Herald Sun - - NEWS - 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.

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