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(WWMT Grand Rapids)   Not News: Man pulled over for DUI. News: While riding an electric wheelchair. FARK: That was stolen from a man in a retirement home   (wwmt.com) divider line 27
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2012-06-07 01:25:15 AM
Those things are fun.
 
2012-06-07 01:30:48 AM
jesus built my hotrod

/and some damn drunk stole it
 
2012-06-07 01:32:53 AM
I have seen some people who appeared to not be all there driving their elecric wheelchairs very badly in the street.

I would argue that these things are made for drunk people. Hell, if you can get a DWI on these thing then why are some people allowed to roll them nearly halfway into the lane of a street and and it just fine.

/Do you see officers, you are mocking the law by applying it badly to situations that don't apply. You could theft, public intox, drunk and disorderly, disturbing the peace, and those might truly apply. DWI, no.
 
2012-06-07 01:34:28 AM
he was drinking, sat down in a wheel chair, drove it a few feet.

arrested for traffic crime next 5 years of life on probation, breathalyzer installed in car, $1200 fine, $786 in court/lawyer fees, AA meetings for 5 years, and drug alcohol program completion.

sounds about right.
 
2012-06-07 01:35:27 AM
What, was he speeding?
 
2012-06-07 01:47:17 AM
He was just teaching a life lesson. Electric wheelchairs are very fun, and the people who own them never seem to really appreciate their luck. Maybe this incident will teach Captain Floppy in the retirement home to appreciate his wheels. This man is a hero, a postmodern Mary Poppins.
 
2012-06-07 01:52:15 AM

fisker: he was drinking, sat down in a wheel chair, drove it a few feet.[...]


It depends on what you consider "a few feet". From the video, he seems to have been making a run for the border, spreading fun and mischief along the way.

A while ago here in Brisbane, a guy got arrested for drunkenly rollerskating across a bridge while wearing a tutu. These people are like burp-powered Tinkerbells, and to suppress them is to suppress joy, to suppress childlike wonder.
 
2012-06-07 01:54:50 AM
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At least he wasn't using his legs like a sucker.
 
2012-06-07 02:02:39 AM
These drunk driving laws seem to be applying to everything now ...

Car, riding lawnmower, wheelchair, boat, horse ... etc

Seems that almost anything that involves motion with an apparatus while intoxicated could be drunk driving. So what about situations that involve things like:

skateboard
skates
pogo stick
snow sled
snow skis
water skis
parachute
escalator
elevator
swing set
bungee cord

seriously, I'm curious as to where they draw the line ...

/bar stool with wheels?
//hospital bed with wheels?
 
2012-06-07 02:06:57 AM
This giving people DUI's for operating wheel chairs, bikes, wheel barrels, unicycles, walking, sleeping in a car, etc. business is getting tiresome. It's not about public safety, it's about misguided absolutism (ZERO TOLERANCE), evangelical prohibition-ism, and greed.
 
2012-06-07 02:13:09 AM
butt-nuggets,/bar stool with wheels?

That will get you a DWI, so will coolers that you ride on.
 
2012-06-07 02:17:15 AM
the bands called TIMMAH *AND* the lords of the underworld

stop taking credit for it TURD!!

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2012-06-07 02:38:38 AM

butt-nuggets: These drunk driving laws seem to be applying to everything now ...

Car, riding lawnmower, wheelchair, boat, horse ... etc

Seems that almost anything that involves motion with an apparatus while intoxicated could be drunk driving. So what about situations that involve things like:

skateboard
skates
pogo stick
snow sled
snow skis
water skis
parachute
escalator
elevator
swing set
bungee cord

seriously, I'm curious as to where they draw the line ...

/bar stool with wheels?
//hospital bed with wheels?



...so if you're handicapped and require a wheelchair for mobility, does the law say you are not allowed to drink *at all*? Seems that there could be a constitutional equal-protection case to be made there...
 
2012-06-07 03:07:57 AM
Think about trolling and tests of what is and isn't legal?

Have two people doing shots while on two different vehicles. The driver on vehicle A controls vehicle B, and vehicle B controls Vehicle A.

Is it a DWI?
 
2012-06-07 03:15:22 AM

Enemabag Jones: Think about trolling and tests of what is and isn't legal?

Have two people doing shots while on two different vehicles. The driver on vehicle A controls vehicle B, and vehicle B controls Vehicle A.

Is it a DWI?


I don't get it. The person in control of the vehicle is still drinking/drunk? Then, well, yeah.
 
2012-06-07 03:28:23 AM
Diarrhea Anne Frank,Enemabag Jones: Think about trolling and tests of what is and isn't legal?
Have two people doing shots while on two different vehicles. The driver on vehicle A controls vehicle B, and vehicle B controls Vehicle A.
Is it a DWI?
I don't get it. The person in control of the vehicle is still drinking/drunk? Then, well, yeah.


OK, I am not a lawyer here, but here is the concept. If you sit on a motorized cooler and drive while drinking Jim Beam, it could be considered a DWI to the letter of the law

But if you are sitting in a vehicle not in control of it but in control of another vehicle, is that a DWI according to the law?

With remote vehicles it could be so much more fun. If you sit in a car drunk while a sober person drives, is it a DWI?

What is the point? Cops have been expanding the definition of a DWI so much they are screwing with people, I just want to see cops screwed with.

/They might just call it 'reckless endangerment' and call it a day.
 
2012-06-07 03:52:16 AM

Enemabag Jones: Diarrhea Anne Frank,Enemabag Jones: Think about trolling and tests of what is and isn't legal?
Have two people doing shots while on two different vehicles. The driver on vehicle A controls vehicle B, and vehicle B controls Vehicle A.
Is it a DWI?
I don't get it. The person in control of the vehicle is still drinking/drunk? Then, well, yeah.

OK, I am not a lawyer here, but here is the concept. If you sit on a motorized cooler and drive while drinking Jim Beam, it could be considered a DWI to the letter of the law

But if you are sitting in a vehicle not in control of it but in control of another vehicle, is that a DWI according to the law?


You're drunk and in control of vehicle, so, yeah. Dunno the American laws, but here in Australia you can be charged if you're drunk and just happen have your keys in your pocket (Which hasn't happened [that I've heard of] but is still written into the law).

With remote vehicles it could be so much more fun. If you sit in a car drunk while a sober person drives, is it a DWI?

What is the point? Cops have been expanding the definition of a DWI so much they are screwing with people, I just want to see cops screwed with.

/They might just call it 'reckless endangerment' and call it a day.


A drunk passenger wouldn't be charged, otherwise JohnnyCab would be out of business. I'd hope a drunk in the driver's seat of a remote car would, at least until that stuff is at the point where it's foolproof, be charged. In the how-distant future, hell no, but for the next 5-> howmany years, somebody still has to park that thing and deal with emergencies. And I do agree with you about cops expanding the defintiions. It sucks. And if they can find a way to get arrests and revenue from something, they will.
 
2012-06-07 04:25:47 AM
DING DING DING DING DING?
 
2012-06-07 06:10:32 AM
EAT HICKORY!!!
 
2012-06-07 07:02:01 AM

Enemabag Jones: I have seen some people who appeared to not be all there driving their elecric wheelchairs very badly in the street.


For some reason people around where I live do this all the time. It's ridiculous.
 
2012-06-07 07:31:17 AM
Reminds me: A grocery store manager in Davison had store security chase a guy down the street thinking he had taken a power wheelchair from the store. The manager was the embarassed one, when he caught up to the guy only to find out the guy's chair was simply the same modile as the store's.
 
2012-06-07 07:37:08 AM
Can you get a DUI for operating a remote controlled car while drunk?
 
2012-06-07 08:06:16 AM
Join DAMM (Drunks Against Mad Mothers) and stop this insanity now!
 
2012-06-07 10:09:05 AM

Mugato: Can you get a DUI for operating a remote controlled car while drunk?


Well, I can guarantee you can't fly a RC heli while drunk.
 
2012-06-07 10:44:52 AM
You told me not to drive
but I made it home alive
you said that only proves that I'm insaaaane

do you remember how I found you there
alone in your electric chair
I told you dirty jokes until you smiled

2 non contiguous lyrics from one song that this headline reminds me of.
 
2012-06-07 11:34:33 AM
A simple law sanity check is pretty clearly needed in many states.

If you don't have to have a license to operate it, you shouldn't be able to get a DUI on it.

If you're not actually operating it (as in, you're sleeping it off in a car) you shouldn't be able to get a DUI.

And this needs to be a new litmus test for all prospective representatives, anyone disagreeing should never be elected (and should get punched in the dick or vagoo, whichever is applicable.)
 
2012-06-08 01:17:46 AM
A drunk in a wheelchair could definitely cause accidents by rolling into the street in front of a car or whatever. Believe me, when you're in a wheelchair people are not looking for you and you have to be paying attention.
 
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