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MEGAPHONE MONK ARREST.

Byline: SHARON MILLAR

A RADIO station prankster made legal history yesterday by becoming the first man to be arrested for using a megaphone while driving.

Darren Proudfoot took on a challenge by FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock morning show to do something crazy on the streets of Dublin.

Each week, the show sends a listener out to see if they're crazy enough to replace regular character Dangerous Dave.

Dressed as a monk, Darren headed for Grafton Street to persuade pedestrians to stop using their phones while walking. He told them: "Many monks have been injured because of this."

Then Darren pointed his megaphone out the window while driving and shouted: "I'm on a mission from God to rid the world of mobile phones! Moses forgot the 11th commandment - Thou shalt not drive and take calls!"

The mobile monk was pulled in by bemused Gardai but continued to preach to the unconverted. He was taken to Kevin Street Garda station and cautioned for dangerous driving.

Darren said yesterday: "I was trying to make a good impression.

"The Gardai must have got out of the wrong side of bed this morning - they didn't find it funny."

The radio show team listening to the monk's progress live on air became concerned when they couldn't contact him on his mobile phone.

It emerged he had it switched off as he was being questioned.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2002
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