Drunk rider on Autobahn
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.