Drunk rider on Au­to­bahn

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

Ger­man po­lice on Thurs­day last week stopped an ine­bri­ated man, 27, who was caught rid­ing an elec­tric scooter on a mo­tor­way.

Po­lice in the western city of Cologne said they re­ceived nu­mer­ous calls in the early hours of the morning, re­port­ing a man driv­ing an e-scooter on the hard shoul­der of the A4.

“The po­lice lo­cated the man within a few min­utes and put an end to a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion,” Cologne po­lice said in a state­ment.

Ger­man news agency DPA re­ported the e-scooter rider was still hold­ing a beer when he was pulled over, but that is un­con­firmed by the po­lice.

The rider told po­lice “he ended up on the mo­tor­way by ac­ci­dent”.

A blood test later showed he had an al­co­hol level of 1.3 promille, more than twice the le­gal limit for car driv­ers.

He faces a drunk driv­ing charge.

Ger­many’s Au­to­bahn mo­tor­ways are fa­mous for their long stretches with­out speed lim­its, although e-scoot­ers are only al­lowed to go up to 20km/h.

The use of elec­tric scoot­ers has mush­roomed in Ger­many in re­cent months.

E-scoot­ers are banned from mo­tor­ways but have re­peat­edly ended up there any­way.

– AFP

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