Saturday, 01. November 2014
19. 05. 14. - 16:00
A teenage motorist has been arrested by traffic police in Austria for using a busy Alpine tunnel as a practice place - for fire-breathing.
"The consequences of this stupid act could have been horrendous," said police spokesman Niklas Kohl after they doused his act inside the Bindermichltunnel on the A7 motorway in Linz with the rulebook.
He added: "He could have set the car on fire, he could have set himself on fire, his car could have been run into by another vehicle. Of all the places I can think of to stop, this would probably be high on the 'most inappropriate' list."
The 19-year-old currently doing his compulsory military service in the Austrian army, had apparently ran out of petrol part of his way through the tunnel. But CCTV cameras mounted on the tunnel walls show him taking a reserve cannister from the boot.
And before pouring it into the car he poured it into his mouth instead - and then began shooting flames six feet into the air.
Inspector Kohl added: "For some reason, instead of putting the fuel in the car's petrol tank straight away, he started taking sips and acting as if he was in the circus as a fire breather. The potentially deadly activity was observed on the tunnels cameras by motorway staff who called police."
By the time the police arrived the man had moved on but he was caught several miles later after pulling onto the busy A1 Westautobahn in the town of Haid. Police there became suspicious that the suspect was high on drugs and a police doctor called to examine him later confirmed this.
Cannabis plants and a quantity of drug taking paraphernalia were also found in his car.
The teenager told police in a statement: "I don't like being in the army. I would much rather be a fire-breather for a living. It's a great way to relieve stress.
He faces a variety of road safety violation charges that could see him banned for driving for three years.
Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.
Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home|
|Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna|
|Halloween At The Zoo|
|Dim Romeo Burns Down College During Failed Proposal|
|Brit That Saved Kids From Nazis Gets Top Honour|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.