Officers and paramedics in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles were dispatched around 1:30 am after reports of a bicycle/vehicle accident. While investigating the scene, the officers observed a group of 15 bike riders using both the north and southbound lanes. None of the cyclists were wearing safety helmets and dim lighting made them vulnerable to passing motorists.
The California Highway Patrol officers decided to stop the group and conduct field sobriety tests to check for intoxication. Five riders, including the one involved in the accident, were cited for ‘operating a bicycle while under the influence’ and released. Under California DUI law, drunk bicycle riders are subject to a fine of up to $250 and incarceration until the suspect sobers up. The arrest is noted on a criminal record but does not impact one’s insurance or driving record.
The suspects ranged in age from 18 to 22