Australian man pleads guilty to driving motorized cooler while drunk

By Ben Hooper  |  Feb. 28, 2017 at 3:35 PM
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Feb. 28 (UPI) -- An Australian man whose joyride on a motorized cooler went viral on Facebook pleaded guilty to a drunk-driving charge stemming from the stunt.

A lawyer for James Wallace, 21, of Camden, New South Wales, entered a guilty plea Monday to the charge stemming from his intoxicated ride on a beverage cooler that had been outfitted with wheels and a gas-powered engine.

Wallace's Australia Day ride on the cooler outside the Camden Hotel was caught on video and posted to the hotel's official Facebook page, where it quickly went viral.

Police stopped Wallace some time after the video and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.162, nearly three times the legal limit.

Wallace's lawyer said his client, who was not present, admits to driving the cooler while intoxicated, but he plans to fight charges of operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle when the case returns to court in April.

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