A man has been banned from driving for nearly two years after he was caught drink-driving an electric scooter.
The order even bans Jack Armstrong, 21, from York, from driving any other vehicle, including a car for 23 months.
Armstrong was stopped by police on Parliament Street in York city centre after officers spotted him “riding erratically.”
He refused to give a roadside breath test and was taken into custody where he complete a breath test.
It was found Armstrong had an alcohol reading three times the legal limit for driving. His reading was 106 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal drink drive limit is 35.
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He pleaded guilty to drink driving at York Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced on Monday, September 20.
Magistrates’ disqualified Armstrong from driving for 23 months. He cannot drive any other vehicle during this time. He was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work and to pay £180 in costs and surcharges.
Traffic sergeant Paul Cording, of North Yorkshire Police said: “E-scooters are classed as motor vehicles by the Road Traffic Act. That means you can’t ride one on public roads or footpaths without insurance, a driving licence and you certainly can’t ride one under the influence of drink or drugs.
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“As well as being illegal, it’s a huge risk to the safety of pedestrians and other road users.”
Official hire schemes ensure riders are insured and have the relevant so they are able to ride within the law. However, riders of privately-owned e-scooters are unlikely to get insurance. Illegally-ridden e-scooters can be seized by police and riders can face legal action.
In June this year, Shakur Pinnock, 20, died after he was involved in an e-scooter crash in Wolverhampton.
Mr Pinnock was put on life support after the crash which saw him suffer serious injuries including a fractured skull, two severed arteries, a broken jaw and punctured lungs. He tragically died.
His girlfriend, who was a passenger on the e-scooter, also suffered serious injuries when the vehicle crashed with a Volkswagen Golf.
Just a month later, a 16-year-old boy – thought to be the youngest to die on an e-scooter – lost his life in a hit and run.
Junior Shay Alexander was fatally injured by a driver who sped from the scene in Bromley, south east London. He was taken to hospital and died from his injuries later the same day.
The e-scooter he was riding was taken from the scene and was handed in to a south London police station by a 46-year-old man the next day.