It's a Very New Zealandy Kind of Driving Offense

Driver who got pulled over says he was playing the 'air bagpipes'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2017 10:55 AM CST
Driver to Cop: I Was Playing 'Air Bagpipes'

Cops in New Zealand were on the prowl for distracted drivers at a road checkpoint when one officer spotted an obvious offender. Weirdly, no phone was involved: "His fingers were going a million miles an hour," says a Dunedin cop, per "And I'm certain I could see a black-type instrument, which looked like a clarinet." When pulled over, the driver confessed to playing the air-guitar version of the bagpipes and got off with a warning. Still, the officer is pretty sure the guy was playing an actual instrument, though none was found. Police now think it was a "chanter," reports the Otago Daily Times, the part of the bagpipe with finger holes. (This driver got a ticket for screaming, which he prefers to call singing.)

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