UPDATE: Illegal air horn charge dropped against 'Dukes of Hazzard' driver Wayne

CASE DROPPED: Wayne Duke

CASE DROPPED: Wayne Duke

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IT COULD have been an episode from the Dukes of Hazzard - and like the TV shows, it has a happy ending.

A driver facing court for sounding a Dixie Land-themed air horn in his car while transporting a couple to their wedding reception has been told the case has been dropped.

Wayne Duke, who owns a 1969 Dodge Charger he calls the General Lee after the TV show, was stopped by police in Weymouth as he drove Ali and Paul Bartlett to a reception.

The couple had just been married at Portland Castle.

In what could have been a scene from 1980s American TV show 'The Dukes of Hazzard' police pulled over the car and told Mr Duke that repeating tune horns could only be used by emergency services.

Mr Duke, from Wimborne, was given a summons to attend court.

He has now been contacted by Dorset Police to say he no longer has to attend court and the case has been dropped.

The story, which first appeared in the Dorset Echo, gained nationwide publicity.

Delivery driver Mr Duke, 43, had thought the case might not get far as he understood the Road Traffic Act which applies to air horns covers vehicles made from 1973 onwards.

The car is similar to the one used in the TV show and fan Mr Duke has always wanted to own one.

As well as taking it to car shows and charity events, the vehicle is available for wedding hire.

Mr Duke said he found the whole episode of being stopped by the police 'bizarre' as he has owned the car for six years and never had any problems.

Mr Duke said: “They couldn't prove that I had sounded the horn, only that I had the equipment fitted which they said was illegal.

“But the law applies to cars from 1973 and mine is older than that.

“An officer phoned me up and said he was ripping up the summons. He mentioned all the publicity the story had received and it had been 'bad press.'

“Since the incident I took the compressor off so the horn can't be used. I asked the officer if I could put it back again and he said 'yes' so I will be refitting it again.”

He added: “As far as I know the air horn is legal.

“The whole thing is bizarre. It was all a bit silly. In fact I thought it was like an episode from the Dukes of Hazzard.

“I don't know why the police acted like they did in the first place. Maybe they had had a long day.

“I'm obviously delighted the case has been dropped. It's good for everyone. I can laugh at it in the end.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “On review, the ticket has been cancelled by the inspector.”

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2:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

dogloverdorset says...

Common sense prevails at last
Common sense prevails at last dogloverdorset
  • Score: 24

2:32pm Mon 4 Aug 14

terra firma says...

dogloverdorset wrote:
Common sense prevails at last
I just hope the crew involved know how much their over zealousness has cost us taxpayers
[quote][p][bold]dogloverdorset[/bold] wrote: Common sense prevails at last[/p][/quote]I just hope the crew involved know how much their over zealousness has cost us taxpayers terra firma
  • Score: 19

5:10pm Mon 4 Aug 14

WykeReg says...

Yeah, I'm being picky, but I believe the article should refer to 'repeating tone horns' not 'repeating tune' horns.

I've yet to hear an emergency vehicle playing something written by Irving Berlin or sung by Frank Sinatra.
Yeah, I'm being picky, but I believe the article should refer to 'repeating tone horns' not 'repeating tune' horns. I've yet to hear an emergency vehicle playing something written by Irving Berlin or sung by Frank Sinatra. WykeReg
  • Score: -3

5:34pm Mon 4 Aug 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Didn't cost any Taxpayer's money, the Police were doing what they're paid to do, an offence was comitted and a summons issued.
Didn't cost any Taxpayer's money, the Police were doing what they're paid to do, an offence was comitted and a summons issued. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: -29

5:50pm Mon 4 Aug 14

woteva41 says...

I hope Mr Duke gets a written appology from the 2 idiot policemen also to Mr and Mrs Bartlett for the embarrassment and inconvenience caused on a very special day.
I hope Mr Duke gets a written appology from the 2 idiot policemen also to Mr and Mrs Bartlett for the embarrassment and inconvenience caused on a very special day. woteva41
  • Score: 26

6:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Noidear says...

This is such a non story, come on echo, this is rubbish.
This is such a non story, come on echo, this is rubbish. Noidear
  • Score: -15

6:19pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Noidear says...

I would have given him a jail sentence for being a idiot and buying a load of s--- Amercian rust heap.
I would have given him a jail sentence for being a idiot and buying a load of s--- Amercian rust heap. Noidear
  • Score: -45

12:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

Atalanta says...

Good to see they applied their own "No Excuse" campaign to themselves!
Good to see they applied their own "No Excuse" campaign to themselves! Atalanta
  • Score: -1

1:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Big Marv says...

Just the good ol' boys
Never meanin' no harm
Beats all you've ever saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born

Straightenin' the curves
Flatnin' the hills
Someday the mountain
Might get 'em
But the law never will

Makin' their way
The only way they know how
That's just a little bit more
Than the law will allow

Just good ol' boys
Wouldn't change if they could
Fightin' the system
Like a true modern day Robin Hood
Just the good ol' boys Never meanin' no harm Beats all you've ever saw Been in trouble with the law Since the day they was born Straightenin' the curves Flatnin' the hills Someday the mountain Might get 'em But the law never will Makin' their way The only way they know how That's just a little bit more Than the law will allow Just good ol' boys Wouldn't change if they could Fightin' the system Like a true modern day Robin Hood Big Marv
  • Score: 12

3:12pm Tue 5 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Noidear wrote:
I would have given him a jail sentence for being a idiot and buying a load of s--- Amercian rust heap.
I've seen the car in Bournemouth and it most definitely is not a rust heap, plus I have known others who own large American vintage cars and those cars are well maintained, such cars usually to get loads of TLC as they are owned by certain motoring enthusiasts and therefore the care of the car is paramount.

Someone I think around Bournemouth had the Starsky and Hutch motor replica, that always turned a few heads. Think the Dukes though the head turners were Daisy's shorts!!
[quote][p][bold]Noidear[/bold] wrote: I would have given him a jail sentence for being a idiot and buying a load of s--- Amercian rust heap.[/p][/quote]I've seen the car in Bournemouth and it most definitely is not a rust heap, plus I have known others who own large American vintage cars and those cars are well maintained, such cars usually to get loads of TLC as they are owned by certain motoring enthusiasts and therefore the care of the car is paramount. Someone I think around Bournemouth had the Starsky and Hutch motor replica, that always turned a few heads. Think the Dukes though the head turners were Daisy's shorts!! FerryFan
  • Score: 7

5:54pm Tue 5 Aug 14

La Vigneron says...

OMG! It does the old ticker good to learn that the ever vigilant guardians of the law so 'on top' of law breakers!!!
Perhaps someone could inform the 'fuzz' that the mugging of elderly people, burglary, murders and even 'simple' vandalism are more worthy of their attention than sitting in luxury cars looking for heinous felons like Mr Duke to fall into their ingenious trap.
Come on tax payers, out on the streets in vast hoards playing 'Land of Hope and Sausage Sandwiches' and placards with, Chief Constable Out.
Get to grips with English you wooden tops. Dixie is not one tone as pointed out by WykeReg but, many different notes, played in such a manner as to constitute a 'melody'. I've never heard any emergency vehicle sound anything other than a two tone repeating sound either, with the possible exception of the yanks 'warbling' noise after the two tones.
OMG! It does the old ticker good to learn that the ever vigilant guardians of the law so 'on top' of law breakers!!! Perhaps someone could inform the 'fuzz' that the mugging of elderly people, burglary, murders and even 'simple' vandalism are more worthy of their attention than sitting in luxury cars looking for heinous felons like Mr Duke to fall into their ingenious trap. Come on tax payers, out on the streets in vast hoards playing 'Land of Hope and Sausage Sandwiches' and placards with, Chief Constable Out. Get to grips with English you wooden tops. Dixie is not one tone as pointed out by WykeReg but, many different notes, played in such a manner as to constitute a 'melody'. I've never heard any emergency vehicle sound anything other than a two tone repeating sound either, with the possible exception of the yanks 'warbling' noise after the two tones. La Vigneron
  • Score: 6

12:51pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Simesen says...

Long overdue Common Sense, and probably the police recognising that the tune horns as fitted were not illegal. The Police Officers concerned should hang their heads in shame for causing all that trouble and should be disciplined for wasting Police time and bringing the Force into disrepute.
Long overdue Common Sense, and probably the police recognising that the tune horns as fitted were not illegal. The Police Officers concerned should hang their heads in shame for causing all that trouble and should be disciplined for wasting Police time and bringing the Force into disrepute. Simesen
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Simesen says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
dy
wrote:
Didn't cost any Taxpayer's money, the Police were doing what they're paid to do, an offence was comitted and a summons issued.
Most probably NO offence was committed. Do you not subscribe to 'Innocent until proven guilty'?
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: Didn't cost any Taxpayer's money, the Police were doing what they're paid to do, an offence was comitted and a summons issued.[/p][/quote]Most probably NO offence was committed. Do you not subscribe to 'Innocent until proven guilty'? Simesen
  • Score: 5

1:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

livid99 says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
dy
wrote:
Didn't cost any Taxpayer's money, the Police were doing what they're paid to do, an offence was comitted and a summons issued.
As this story says, an offence WASN'T committed after all. The Police were NOT doing what they are paid to do. They are paid to enforce law and order and catch criminals.
What he should do now is drive around town and whenever he sees a police officer give them a good blast with the horn, a big smile and a thumbs up.
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: Didn't cost any Taxpayer's money, the Police were doing what they're paid to do, an offence was comitted and a summons issued.[/p][/quote]As this story says, an offence WASN'T committed after all. The Police were NOT doing what they are paid to do. They are paid to enforce law and order and catch criminals. What he should do now is drive around town and whenever he sees a police officer give them a good blast with the horn, a big smile and a thumbs up. livid99
  • Score: 10

4:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

toyota777 says...

Great News.
Great News. toyota777
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Noidear says...

Wow -40 how petty .
Wow -40 how petty . Noidear
  • Score: -2

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