• Jul 16, 2007
John Robert Patterson, a 45-year-old Australian with a distaste for cell towers is being held without bail tonight after he (allegedly) took his privately-owned armored personnel carrier out for 90-minute destruction derby session, during which several cell towers, a pair of relay sheds, an electrical substation, and a lot of fencing fell victim to his black-painted machine.
The police were finally able to get him into a set of Smith & Wesson designer bracelets when the APC stalled on its way to knock out yet another cell tower. Sounds like someone might have overreacted a smidge to not having enough bars on his Nokia. According to the accused's attorney, he claims that "he certainly had the authority to behave in such a manner." Right. That'll definitely sway the court when the case goes to trial. The judge who denied the request for bail also recommended that Mr. Patterson receive medical treatment and -- big surprise -- psychiatric attention.

[Source: news.com.au]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The guy that was driving it was a mechanic who had restored it for someone else, he stole it and decided to go for a little joy ride. This was 5 min away from my house. I didn't even here a thing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it keeps the idiots from calling while they drive, then let him ram down every cell tower in the world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wish he'd come run over some speed cameras for us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These are world war 2 troop carriers, taken from a museum.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would use that to knock down my Indian neighbor's ugly house.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats real "roaming", hehehe We should see his cell phone bill to understand the rampage against the cell hone system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yea. I remember hearing about this on digg a few days ago, not really all that new... And the reason this man went on a cell tower rampage was in fact because he didn't have reception from his carrier.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great. Ruined APCs for the rest of us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I Feel like doing the same thing , i too have to few bars on my mobile and since this all has happened my reception has never been better thank you mr patterson.
      some facts also - its Telstras fault they srew their workers over more than one has comitted suicide, and now the tanker incident.
      Telstra sucks always has always will.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The real question here is how come this nut case was able to
      purchase an armored personnel carrier.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Precisely. Now that this gentlemen will not be needing it anymore, can I purchase it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You fool. The real question is where can I get one?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like an M113 -- Vietnam war vintage, not WWII.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think one just became available in Australia ..hurry up .
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