Under the table

OF THE dozens of drink-drivers appearing in New Zealand courts lately, it is a safe bet only one case related to a motorised picnic table.

Mosgiel joiner Wade Bryce Bovey, 21, left Dunedin District Court with a common conviction to his name but the circumstances were anything but.

‘‘One night me and a mate decided we’d take it to the pub,’’ he said.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris George explained what exactly “it’’ was to the court.

‘‘The picnic table is a wooden table with seats on both sides, a driver seat and controls, that is on wheels and is motorised by a 398cc engine,’’ he said.

Photos revealed drink-holders had also been installed.

‘‘It’s quite the work of art,’’ Sgt George said, handing pictures of the vehicle to Judge Dominic Flatley.

Bovey and his friend were seen by a passing police car pushing the quirky machine up Queen St to his home.

‘‘It didn’t have enough power to get up the hill,’’ he explained, hoping the officers were going to lend a hand. Instead he was breathalysed.

A summary of facts said the defendant showed signs of recent alcohol intake but Bovey said it required little detective work on the police’s part.

‘‘There was a box of beer sitting on it.’’

He blew a level of 678mcg and was fined $750 and banned from driving any vehicle, including motorised tables, for six months.

Counsel Elliot Higbee said his client was working hard to stay out of trouble.

‘‘He has ceased associating with the type of people involved in operating motorised picnic tables while under the influence of alcohol,’’ he said.

The submission drew a raised eyebrow from Judge Flatley.

Outside court, his new-found infamy was apparent as a couple walked past.

‘‘Picnic at yours?’’ they asked.

But Bovey had to decline, since he had sold the bespoke buggy.

‘‘It was a bad idea getting it in the first place. I had my fun, got in trouble, sold it.’’

— Otago Daily Times

OF THE dozens of drink-drivers appearing in New Zealand courts lately, it is a safe bet only one case related to a motorised picnic table.

Mosgiel joiner Wade Bryce Bovey, 21, left Dunedin District Court with a common conviction to his name but the circumstances were anything but.

‘‘One night me and a mate decided we’d take it to the pub,’’ he said.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris George explained what exactly “it’’ was to the court.

‘‘The picnic table is a wooden table with seats on both sides, a driver seat and controls, that is on wheels and is motorised by a 398cc engine,’’ he said.

Photos revealed drink-holders had also been installed.

‘‘It’s quite the work of art,’’ Sgt George said, handing pictures of the vehicle to Judge Dominic Flatley.

Bovey and his friend were seen by a passing police car pushing the quirky machine up Queen St to his home.

‘‘It didn’t have enough power to get up the hill,’’ he explained, hoping the officers were going to lend a hand. Instead he was breathalysed.

A summary of facts said the defendant showed signs of recent alcohol intake but Bovey said it required little detective work on the police’s part.

‘‘There was a box of beer sitting on it.’’

He blew a level of 678mcg and was fined $750 and banned from driving any vehicle, including motorised tables, for six months.

Counsel Elliot Higbee said his client was working hard to stay out of trouble.

‘‘He has ceased associating with the type of people involved in operating motorised picnic tables while under the influence of alcohol,’’ he said.

The submission drew a raised eyebrow from Judge Flatley.

Outside court, his new-found infamy was apparent as a couple walked past.

‘‘Picnic at yours?’’ they asked.

But Bovey had to decline, since he had sold the bespoke buggy.

‘‘It was a bad idea getting it in the first place. I had my fun, got in trouble, sold it.’’

— Otago Daily Times

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