Guy Parks Plane Outside Pub, Goes in for a Beer

Thirsty Aussie drives wingless plane through town
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2014 12:03 AM CST
Guy Parks Plane Outside Pub, Goes In for a Beer
The plane's fuel line was attached to a jerrycan in the cabin, police say.   (Newman Police)

Buying a plane must be thirsty work: Police in Newman, Western Australia, say a man who had just purchased a two-seater Beechcraft decided to drive it home and stop for a beer at a pub on the main street on the way. A resident says he was astounded to see the plane, which had no wings or steering wheel, parked outside the Purple Pub. Even more special was "seeing one of the local coppers poking his head in the door of the plane looking like he was asking for a license," he tells ABC Radio. "Even though no one was in the plane at the time, I was like, what the hell?"

After some initial puzzlement over what, if anything, the driver should be charged with, police settled on a charge of "endangering life, health, or safety," reports WAToday. A police spokesman says the incident is being taken very seriously because there were children walking home from school at the time that the man—who doesn't have a pilot's license—was taxiing through the town, using the plane's foot pedals to steer. He passed a breath test at the scene, but police decided to impound the plane. (More Australia stories.)

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