Driver avoids breath test by debating law with police officer
18 November 2016
A driver in Queensland Australia has dodged a breath test by questioning its legality with a police officer in a lengthy rant.
The driver, Christopher Summers, was pulled over by the officer but refused to be breathalysed. Summers recorded a video of the conversation, which has emerged on YouTube. In part of the exchange Summers manages to grind the officer down with a tangential point on whether the Queen has enacted the transport act:
Summers: Have I broken a law? Is there a law I've broken?
Officer: The law says you must provide a specimen for a breath test.
Summers: What law is that?
Officer: It's in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act.
Summers: Ok, and has that got a proclamation certificate with that?
Officer: It's in legislation, I don't know what proclamation certificate it's got or not ... it's enforced by the Queen.
Summers: It's enforced by the Queen? What Queen, mate? Is that the Queen of England or the Queen of Australia?
Officer: The Queen of England.
Summers: So we've got her signature on a proclamation certificate which enacted the TORUM act, is that correct? ... Has it got a proclamation certificate with the Queen's signature which states she has authorised it and it's been through the state, through parliament, through the upper house, lower house, and then to her and then she's enacted it?
Officer: (Unconvincingly) It's been through all those things.
Summers: It has, has it?
Officer: (Fatigued) Yep.
Officer: (Drained) It's true.
Summers: Are you going to swear to that? ... Would you sign a stat dec saying that mate? Under penalties of perjury? Would you sign that?
Summers continues to prattle on and berates the officer for not reading the 1,008 page constitution. He also tries to pull rank on the officer saying that as a servant of the commonwealth, the policeman effectively works for him. The weary officer finally lets Summers go after nine minutes, saying "I'll come and see you later on. Have a nice day
If you want to share in the officer's pain, the full exchange is here: