Esky driver loses licence
Esky driver loses licence

A man caught drink driving on his motorised esky has had his driver’s licence suspended.

Michael de Billinghurst Craft, 22, appeared in the Joondalup Magistrate’s Court this morning where he plead guilty to driving under the influence.

Magistrate Edward de Vries ordered Craft to pay a $900 fine and $146.90 court costs, as well as suspending his licence for 10 months.

Prosecutors said Craft blew a reading of 0.151, more than three times the legal limit, when he was stopped by police in Sorrento about 8pm on June 6.

The 48L esky has a 2 horsepower engine and off-road tyres, and was full of beer when the 22-year-old was pulled over.

Hillarys Police had been targeting drink drivers in the area when they saw Craft drive the esky through a gap in the median strip and north along West Coast Drive.

Michael Craft and his motorised esky.

Officers told The West Australian last month that Craft was “risking disaster” by driving the makeshift vehicle on a main road, and were lucky to have pulled him over before he was hit by another motorist.

The 22-year-old allegedly told officers he had been looking to buy cigarettes, but was so intoxicated he had driven straight past his nearest service station.

While the motorised eskies have proven a popular buy with local drinkers, it is illegal to drive them on a main road or footpath.

The motorised esky. Picture: WA Police

The West Australian

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