Most people know that driving a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law. However, many may not realize that they can also get a DUI charge if they operate other types of vehicles while drinking. This includes electric scooters, which have recently risen in popularity in large cities as modes of transportation that can be rented for short periods of time. One man in Missouri found this out recently after being charged with a DUI when he ran into a police SUV.
A police officer claimed that he saw the man riding an electric scooter on a sidewalk in an erratic manner. The officer said that he heard something hit his vehicle and first thought that he had hit something. When he got out to investigate, he says he found the man on the scooter on the ground with the scooter next to him. The impact was so forceful, the officer reported, that the man left a face print on the police SUV.
The man on the scooter reported that he consumed multiple beers over a short period of time at a nearby bar. Police say the man said he was eager to ride the scooter because they are not available where he lives. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He suffered minor injuries.
No matter the reason a person is arrested for a DUI here in Missouri, it is the kind of charge that can significantly alter a person’s life. A DUI arrest can result in raised insurance rates, fines and license suspension or revocation. Those who are facing serious charges like this one will want to ensure that they have a solid criminal defense and the assistance of an experienced attorney.