(4 March 2009, New Jersey) The Newark Fire Department was called to assist
a man who had suffered injuries from a crash--while driving a motorized
bar stool! The man claimed that his lawnmower/barstool hybrid could reach a
speedy 38 mph on its five-horsepower engine, but he was traveling a sedate
20 mph when he rolled and crashed while making a turn.
Although under the speed limit, he was over the drink limit. During a
police interview at the hospital, he admitted to consuming "about fifteen
beers." When numbers reach the double digits, it's hard to be exact.
The driver was issued a citation for operating a vehicle (classified as
"all others") while intoxicated, and driving with a suspended
license--presumably the motivation behind his motorized creation. He
pleaded not guilty, preferring a jury trial. Demanding, in fact, a trial
before his peers. (Those of you who drive motorized bar stools and other
unconventional vehicles, watch your mailbox for a jury summons.)
If the 28-year-old inventor wants to drive a hybrid, he should consider
modifying his bar stool to corner better--once he regains the right to
operate a motorized vehicle on public roads.
"License To Spill"
"Hybrid vigor--or evolutionary dead end?"
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Submitted by: Mike Durthaler
Reference: Newark Advocate, Boston Globe