The 37-year-old West Australian man who inexplicably thought it would be NBD to taxi a wingless plane down a main street in Western Australia Pilbara region for the purposes of going to the pub has been fined $5,000 plus court and towage costs.
Anthony Philip Whiteway, the real life protagonist of a VB hard earned thirst campaign, pleaded guilty this week to committing an act likely to endanger the life, health or safety of a person, after it was determined that there was an exposed fuel line hanging from the side of the plane, that it was attached to an insecure jerry can, that he was driving without a licence and that he had left the engine on when he exited the aircraft.
Mr Whiteway now insists that he’s learned his lesson. “I don’t think I’ll be taking it to the pub again, no,” he told the ABC.
Investigating officer Mark Garner said police approved of the outcome. “The potential for damage had [the propeller] struck someone, or something else happened, was pretty serious,” he said. “I appreciate there’s a lighter side of this story, but the concern is it did present a real danger to other motorists and pedestrians in what is quite a busy town.”
“The obvious message is don’t drive your plane down the street.”