Ah, to be 40-year-old Paul Hutton. His story is something I'd make up at a party just for fun, only with good ol' Paul, it's a cold, hard reality. You see, Paul is a former RAF aeronautical engineer who was recently busted for drink-driving in Essex in a... Barbie Power Wheels (or something close). In the words of the internet, EPIC WIN.
Other than admitting to being a "complete twit", Paul added, "You have to be a contortionist to get in, and then you can't get out." He isn't just any twit, either.
Paul's a car twit, meaning he couldn't leave the Barbie car well enough alone in stock form. "Originally it was a pink Barbie car but I put bigger wheels on it but it's not fast...It was a little project I was doing with my son who is doing a car mechanics course. When it was done I couldn't resist the temptation to take it out."
For being highly irresponsible behind the wheel of a toy car, Paul's punishments include: a 3-year driving ban due to the fact that he has been DWI'd before, a 12-month "conditional discharge", and an £85 fine (for court fees).
Even Neil Munson (chairman of the bench) said it was weird: "This is most unusual. I have never seen the like of it in 15 years on the bench. The vehicle is not even capable of doing the speed of a mobility scooter and could be outrun by a pedestrian."
Paul's little electric buggy has been in the impound, but now that he's out, no doubt he'll try to get it back and hopefully do something about "more power".
By Phil Alex