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Perfect defense: this car doesn't go that fast

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Perfect defense: this car doesn't go that fast

Dale Lyle of Bristol, England, got a ticket in the mail from a speed camera that caught his Honda Civic doing 98 mph. He contested the ticket on simple grounds: The car doesn't go that fast. "It is a glorified Japanese shopping trolley," he told the Daily Telegraph. He had sold the car, but to prove his point he bought it back for about $850. Then spent $850 to have a driving specialist test it on a closed track. The specialist got the car to 85.4 mph. Prosecutors dropped the ticket after seeing the evidence. Now Lyle wants compensation for the $1,700 he's out.

Even ice cream trips the kill switch

An unidentified man in Australia has a machine on his car that won't allow it to start until he passes a breath test. Probably an interesting story how that got there, but that isn't the story we have here. The man was complaining that the car would not start even when he had nothing to drink. Specifically, he showed the court that after taking a couple of bites of a Bubble O'Bill ice cream bar, he blew a 0.018. That isn't legally impaired, but its enough to keep the car from starting. With that, the device was removed from his car.

Don't leave license plate at the scene

We see a lot of stories where robbers drop their ID at the scene of a crime. Or an electric bill. But police in Marlborough, Mass., say that it was easy to catch Santiago Cuevas Alonso because of what he left at the scene of a car crash. They told MetroWest Daily News that he left his front bumper. With a license plate on it. Possibly guessing that was enough to find him, he returned to the scene.

Ouch! ... Ouch!!

Man is bitten by his illegal snake

John Haley of Larksville, Ind., got bitten twice. First it was by his pet rhinoceros viper. For that he had to go to the hospital. He'll be fine. Second it was by police, because he owned a rhinoceros viper ... and 23 other snakes for which he did not have permits. For that he was brought up on charges. He could be fined.

Tenant tension

If you have to go, you'll have to go

When Fausto Pinos wanted to evict a tenant from an apartment he owned, the board of health in Rockland, N.Y., says that his strategy for getting the family out was to remove the toilet. Which is an interesting strategy, but also a violation of health codes. "It was just disgusting," said Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheim, the health board's president. He also took the bathtub, sink, oven and countertop. It was a total of 24 violations, and he was fined $10,000. Social services helped relocate the tenant.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Perfect defense: this car doesn't go that fast 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 11:08pm]
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