Darwin police who accosted a drink-driver were less than impressed when he offered up a dead fish to compensate for his misdemeanor.
The 44-year-old man recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.235 per cent, ABC News reports.
Police on the scene seemed more disapproving of his catch, a saratoga, describing the 30-centimetre specimen as "not a very good one".
"It's not a good idea to keep dead fish in your car", Duty Superintendent Rob Farmer added.
The superintendent said the whereabouts of the fish are currently unknown.
"I don't know whether there were other people there who may have been able to take care of the fish or whether he's going to have a surprise in his vehicle when he gets back to it."
Folklaw can only wonder whether the NT Department of Fisheries will be following up on the matter - given that the legal catch size for saratoga in that state is 55cm.
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