Man arrested for DUI after crashing electric scooter into Kansas City police SUV

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Police in Kansas City say a 47-year-old man on an electric scooter was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing into a police car. 

A sergeant was driving his department SUV Thursday evening when he was a man driving an electric scooter erratically on a sidewalk, KC police said. The sergeant heard a "thud" and though he ran over something. 

"The sergeant stopped his vehicle and saw a man sitting on the ground with a bleeding cut on his face. The overturned scooter was lying next to him."

Officers learned the man came from a couple blocks away and decided to hop on the scooter because there are no scooters where he's from. He claimed he drank four beer in about two hours at a bar. 

The man was not seriously hurt. 

"Operating a motorized vehicle – including electric scooters – while intoxicated is illegal," police said. "The police SUV sustained no damage, other than a 'face print' observed by the reporting officers."

With the addition of new electric scooters in Wichita, city ordinance says it is illegal to ride an electric scooter if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other rules for the scooters are as follows:

  • Cannot operate on the sidewalk
  • Can operate on bike paths and roadways posted 35 mph or less
  • Can only operate until 9 pm or dusk;
  • No helmet, insurance, DL or registration required but a helmet is strongly suggested
  • Cannot ride more than two abreast
  • Need to ride as close to the right as possible
  • No more than one person on the scooter at a time
  • Cannot cling to a vehicle

Operation of Electric-assisted scooter while Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

(a) No person shall ride or attempt to ride an electric-assisted scooter on any sidewalk, street, roadway, highway, or public path set aside for the exclusive use of pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including all public parks and 10 playgrounds or other property under the ownership, jurisdiction or control of the city, the board of park commissioners or any other agency created to provide a public service, while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug, or under the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and any drug to a degree which renders such person a hazard.

(b) Any person arrested for a violation of this section may request to have a chemical test made of the person's blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcoholic or drug content of that person's blood, and, if so requested, the arresting officer shall have discretion as to the appropriate test to be performed.

(c) Any person, who, within the corporate limits of the city, violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.00, or by six months imprisonment, or by both such fine and imprisonment.” 

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