A MAN has been banned from driving for three years after getting behind the wheel of a toy car when drunk.

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Paul Hutton has been banned from driving for being caught drunk behind the wheel of a children's kart

Paul Hutton, 40, leapt into the seat of the tiny electric Barbie car, which has a top speed of just 4mph, when he was over the limit.

But a police patrol car spotted 6ft Mr Hutton crammed behind the steering wheel, crawling along the road near his home in Jaywick, near Clacton, and pulled him over.

Mr Hutton, who has four children, Simon, 17, Calum, 14, Laina, 12, and John, 11, admitted being a “complete twit” after he ended up in front of Colchester magistrates.

The divorcee is a former RAF aeronautical engineer who now studies electrical engineering at Colchester Institute.

He picked up the pink Barbie car found dumped near his home about 10 years ago and had been tinkering with it ever since.

But he started stripping it down and rebuilding it with his eldest son Simon about eight months ago.

He said: “It was a little project I was doing with my son who is doing a car mechanics course.

“When it was done, I couldn’t resist the temptation to take it out – it is fun to drive. I wanted to show my friend.”

Mr Hutton said he had been having a few drinks while working on the 4ft by 2ft electric car but when he decided to take it out at about 9pm, he did not realise how drunk he was.

The white mini jeep, which he could only drive with his knees tucked up under his chin, runs on 12v batteries and goes slower than a mobility scooter.

He said: “I had a few beers while I was working on the car but I felt okay.

“The police car came up alongside me and the officer said, ‘Are you all right there, mate?’ A lot of burble came out.”

Mr Hutton added: “I really didn’t realise I should not be doing it.

“I knew it was daft, but I didn’t realise it was a criminal thing to do.”

Mr Hutton said he was found to be twice the drink-drive limit. Appearing before magistrates last week, he admitted driving the toy car while drunk.

He was given a mandatory three-year ban because he had received another drink-drive ban within the past 10 years.

Magistrates also gave him a 12-month 
conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 court costs. The car was confiscated but Mr Hutton hopes he can get it back.

7 comments

  • I agree with John, you don't have to have a licence to drive one so how can they ban the man, ok he was being an idiot but aren't we all a bit daft sometimes, I would appeal this decision, whatever next in this police state!!

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • If he had ended up in front of a car either of you 2 were driving - you wouldn't be so quick to winge about it!!! 
he got what he deserved!

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    Marcus Smith

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • Courts can impose driving bans for any offence, you don't need to drink drive only. I would argue that the toy is not a mechacially propelled vehicle, would be interesting to know what offence he was found guilty of really.

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    Local resident

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • its the usual bit of brilliant policing wasting taxpayers money on easy prey who are normally law abiding whilst giving a wide berth to the real bad boys who aren't the least bit bothered by the police

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    michael hutton

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • What a total waste of tax payer’s money! 
 
he was hardly drunk in charge of a motor vehicle was he.... the very fact these toy cars struggle to do 4mph with children at the wheels suggests it would do less than walking pace with an adult on board. 
 


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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • I am informed his previous conviction for drink driving was whilst driving a Toy Train. 
 
This is Jaywick Madness....

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    The Brigadier

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

  • magistrates cannot ban him because you do not need a licence to drive this TOY. its the same as a mobility scooter 4 mph and whatever possessed the police officer to book him in the first place. the cop should have been out catching real drink drivers,

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    pukkatrukka

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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