I have to admire our friends from down under, they still seem to have the knack for bringing back the wild freedom of the Australian roads. It just may be the crazy days of "Mad Max" and the "Road Warrior" revisited.
In July, a 42 year-old man from New South Wales was found guilty of driving a fire engine without consent in April of this year. Anthony James McDonell may have escaped notice if he hadn't, according to reports in Young Local Court, drove the fire engine around Young with the lights and sirens operating. I am not sure though, how he convinced numerous passengers to join him............ naked.
He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, fined $1,350 for drunk-driving and has lost his license for a year.
Not to be outdone seems to be the tide this month down under. John Robert Patterson for some reason, decided to take out a possible "difference of opinion" with several mobile phone towers, telecommunicatios buildings and an electricity substation July 14, with an armored personnel carrier.
Patterson had been hired by Greg Morris, owner of A-One Lift Truck Services, to help restore the 40 year-old carrier in the town of Minchinbury Australia. He stole it and then led police on a 90-minute chase, crashing his way through six western suburbs. The vehicle, that is evidently very popular with local students to rent for school formals, finally stalled when Patterson headed towards yet another mobile phone tower.
Police charges him with numerous offenses that included, predatory driving, possession of a prohibited drug and use of a weapon to avoid apprehension.
I have to thank our friends down under for keeping those "road trip" stories alive.