UK aeronautical engineer Paul Hutton charged for drunk driving in toy barbie car

Updated: 20 Apr 2010
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Paul Hutton was given a mandatory three-year ban because he had received another drink-drive ban within the past ten years


Drunk in charge of toy car ... Paul Hutton was driving his son's customised pink Barbie car. Picture: Andy Baker Source: Herald Sun


A BRITISH man was banned from driving for three years after getting behind the wheel of a pink toy Barbie car when drunk.

Paul Hutton, 40, leaped into the seat of the tiny electric car, which has a top speed of just over 6km/h, when he was over the UK legal limit, The Sun reports.

But a police patrol car spotted Hutton crammed behind the steering wheel crawling along the road near his home in Essex, southeastern England, and pulled him over.

Hutton admitted being a "complete twit" after he ended up in front of Colchester Magistrates' Court, in Essex, charged with drunk-driving.

Speaking after the hearing, he said: "You have to be a contortionist to get in, and then you can't get out.

"I was very surprised to get done for drink-driving but I was a twit to say the least.


"I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

Hutton, a former Royal Air Force aeronautical engineer, modified the tiny car with his son for a college project, after finding it dumped near his home.

On the day of his arrest, he said he jumped into the 0.6m-high vehicle to drive it to a friend's house to show him the results of the project.

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




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