Sunday, January 22, 2006

Red Bull gives you....


...an apparent determination to Out Run The Law at all costs.

At least two of the UK's newspapers' websites are today reporting an incident involving a 48 year old man, 50 miles of police chase, and 20 cans of Red Bull.

Twenty.

Peter Edwards, of King's Lynn in Norfolk, was sentenced to four months in jail on Friday, and banned from driving for four years. In the process of evading the police, he reached speeds of up to 80mph on A-roads (errrm...), pulled out to overtake police cars ahead of him trying to reduce his speed, and even drove straight over a roundabout (though no-one is reporting what
size of roundabout it actually was). He was eventually stopped when the tires on his car were punctured. The Sunday Mirror, being the Sunday Mirror, also reports that at one point he was 'seen to strip off behind the wheel so he was driving semi-nude.' The Independent neglects to mention this obviously pertinent fact.

Edwards, who admitted dangerous driving, had over 10 times the recommended daily allowance of caffine in his system.
The Independent quotes Professor Jim Horne of Loughborough University saying, 'this was a massive amount of caffeine and it would have had an extraordinary effect on him', and a spokewoman from Red Bull, claiming:

'Research has proven that just one or two cans of Red Bull can help alleviate the effects of tiredness. There is no added benefit in consuming the product in excessive amounts. One can of Red Bull contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of filter coffee.'

So now you know. The police thought they were pursuing a drunk driver.


Links:

POLICE-CHASE DRIVER BLAMES 20 RED BULLS @ SundayMirror.co.uk

Move over, white van man: Red Bull driver is the new road menace @ The Independent Online [registration may be required; oh, and their website seems to suck - but it might just be Firefox]


Picture is from Total Motorsport, who can be reached here.

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