Charged with Mobility Scooter Drinking & Driving

NOBODY can run from the law, or even scoot from it as Stanthorpe police proved this week when they charged a 69-year-old man for allegedly drink driving while on his mobility scooter.

Acting on information from the public last Thursday afternoon, officers located and breath tested the man driving his mobility scooter near Woolworths Plaza.

Stanthorpe police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said the incident was the first time he knew of someone being charged for drink driving while in a mobility scooter.

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Snr Sgt Ireland said the man returned a reading of 0.069 per cent.

His scooter was secured at the shopping centre while the man was taken to the police station.

“Some of these things can travel up to 22kmh,” Snr Sgt Ireland said. “This is a reminder to all that drink driving offences relate to all forms of vehicles, not just cars and motor bikes.”

The man is due to appear in Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on August 20.

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