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Christopher Ian Petrie of Noosa, made national headlines last week after The Noosa Journal broke the story of the 23 year-old caught driving the four-stroke "extreme cooler" under the influence earlier this year.
Mr Parker said he accepted that Petrie didn't think it was a motor vehicle before asking the defendant whether the esky was "loaded" when he was intercepted by police.
More than a few chuckles were heard from the gallery and the bench when Mr Bradley informed the court "the esky was holding three cans of Bundaberg rum and coke and some ice."
In sentencing Mr Parker said while he "didn't condone driving around drunk on an esky" the circumstances of the case were "unusual."
"I had to consult the statute to satisfy myself that the esky is indeed a vehicle," Mr Parker said. "It's an unfortunate situation if he'd been drunk on a horse he'd have been ok. "Never the less you were in a motor vehicle...on a motor vehicle... and there must be a penalty."