What Seems To Be The Problem, Officer? Australian Man Prohibited From Driving Is Arrested While Driving Car With Two Flat Tires and Steering With Pliers

article-0-1AF32804000005DC-417_634x447Police in Australia pulled over a driver who appeared to be driving erratically and driving on two blown-out tires. It turned out that that was the least of his problems . . he was steering his car with a pair of vice grips. The vice cops have an impressed list of crimes for the driver.


The man was charged with driving while disqualified and driving under the influence of methyl amphetamine and cannabis. They added driving without due care, driving in a dangerous manner, driving while unregistered, uninsured and contrary to defect and breaching his bail conditions. Police are also investigating whether he was involved in an earlier hit-and-run incident and he was further charged with failing to stop at the scene of a crash. That leaves only endangered species violations and a couple of other crimes but the case is young.

Source: Daily Mail

21 thoughts on “What Seems To Be The Problem, Officer? Australian Man Prohibited From Driving Is Arrested While Driving Car With Two Flat Tires and Steering With Pliers

  1. Sling, Not to be picky, but that would be “vise.” I bet 70-80% of the public get that homonym wrong.

    When I was in high school I had a 1962 Chevy Impala. The gas gauge didn’t work so I made a dipstick for the gas tank. I had no park gear or park brake so I had rocks to wedge under the tire. And, we were out drinking one night and the entire steering column feel into my lap. We had to clamp it up but the turn signal kept blinking. I sold it after that, AS IS.

  2. Nick,

    I tell ’em like I see ’em
    ” . . he was steering his car with a pair of vice grips. The vice cops have…”

    Detachable steering wheels are a great answer to back-seat drivers who find fault with the driver …

    Hand them the steering wheel. “OK. You drive!”

  3. I bought an old Plymouth that had a clutch soaked with oil. It wouldn’t go over 35 without the clutch slipping. As it had no front shocks, it was unsafe to drive over 35 anyway. The perfect cure for speeding, and only 5 bucks!

  4. Sling, You’re correct, it was used incorrectly in the newspaper. Here’s the irony. I have a guy I know who just read my wife’s book. He gave a positive review but being a woodworker, had to tell me my wife made this same mistake in her book, using “vice” grip! It goes further. I’m currently reading my wife’s second book for authenticity before printing since there’s a PI in it. A few days after the aforementioned homonym correction by the woodworker, I read the same mistake in the second book. Finally, my wife’s deceased father was a high school woodworking and drafting teacher. He knew it is a vise grip. So did Joe Pesci in Goodfella’s!

  5. Nick, vice is correct in an Australian newspaper, where British spellings rather than American are conventionally used.

  6. A sure winner at any Wal Mart Cruise-In

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