In Indianapolis, a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of operating a motorized scooter while intoxicated. This makes him the first person in the city to be charged with a DWI for scooters.
The event took place in downtown Indianapolis around 11:30pm on Tuesday January 8.
The young man, Cole Dillon, caused an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer to suddenly hit his breaks to avoid crashing. It was reported that the young man failed to stop at a red light while driving a Lime Scooter, bringing him into the path of the on-duty officer.
According to the police report, Dillon had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent when the incident occurred. In the state of Indiana, people with a BAC of 0.08 percenter or higher are considered impaired.
Under the law, a motorized scooter is a vehicle, and as such, a person can be charged with operating one while drunk. In addition, Lime’s terms of service include rules that specifically prohibit riders from using their scooters while under the influence of any substances that may cause impairment.
Just like people should not drive their cars while drunk, the same should be applied to driving scooters.
Still, a person charged with drunk driving on scooters has the opportunity and right to contest their charge. The person can challenge whether the police officer had the right to stop him and have the state verify that the officer followed proper investigative procedures.
So far, it is unclear if Dillon will suffer penalties from Lime relating to this incident.