Christopher Ian Petrie Arrested For Drunken Driving Of Motorized Beer Cart In Australia

08/09/2011 03:44 pm ET | Updated Oct 09, 2011

Plenty of drunk drivers spend a night in the cooler after they get busted. Very few spend a night on the cooler before their arrest.

Police in Australia say Christopher Ian Petrie was under the influence and driving without a license in Noosa on June 16 when they spotted him behind the wheel of a motorized beer cooler.

The 23-year-old had reportedly outfitted the cooler -- known in Australia as an Esky -- with a 50cc two-stroke engine, according to The Courier Mail.

At a recent court hearing, Petrie's attorneys managed to convince magistrate John Parker to grant an adjournment as they sought to determine whether the motorized cooler "was in fact a motor vehicle," the paper notes.

When asked by the magistrate how much beer his vehicle could carry, Petrie reportedly said it could store "at least a couple of cartons."

Petrie is due back in court Aug. 16.

Strangely enough, Petrie is not the first man to find himself in legal trouble for allegedly driving an ice box after having a few too many cold ones.

In 2008, a New York resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for allegedly swerving in the streets and driving on the sidewalk on a "Cruizin Cooler."

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