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Drunk inventors caught cruising in car-pool

German police were left speechless at the weekend when they stopped a group of inventive revellers cruising around town in a unique swimming-pool-car of their own creation - sloshing water onto the pavement at every turn.

Drunk inventors caught cruising in car-pool
Photo: Polizei Chemnitz

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon in Eibenstock near Chemnitz, southern Saxony, as a lone police sergeant made his rounds on his motorbike, the local force said in a statement.

Suddenly, he saw the strangest-looking convertible he’d ever seen – a roofless BMW, without registration plates, bordered around the open top with wooden boards and fake plastic flowers. It was also full of water.

Aside from the driver, the car held three young males clad only in swimming trunks – one of whom was lolling on the boot with his feet dangling down into the vehicle. All of them appeared drunk, the police said.

The sergeant turned back to get a closer look, and ended up chasing the BMW as it sped off into a car park – losing much of its liquid load as it went.

The young men brought their invention to a halt and jumped out, fleeing across a nearby dry riverbed to watch proceedings from the safety of the opposite bank.

The policeman found the men had hollowed out the inside of the car, sealed and waterproofed it, before painting it blue and filling it with water.

Concerned that the men would try to reclaim their “car-pool” and make a getaway, the sergeant let the air out of the tyres, disconnected the spark plug leads and waited for backup to arrive as crowds of curious onlookers began to appear.

Eventually the driver returned to fetch his belongings from the boot. The visibly intoxicated 27-year-old, who insisted he hadn’t been driving the unregistered vehicle, was allowed to recover his shoes and wallet – in exchange for a blood sample.

Police said they were investigating the man on suspicion of drink-driving and of driving an uninsured, unregistered vehicle.

Even legal experts seemed baffled as to which or how many other traffic laws the drivable-pool-project may have violated.

DPA/The Local/jlb

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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