Sunday, August 08, 2010

Operating a Stroller While Intoxicated?

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These days, it seems you're at risk of getting stopped for DUI as long as you're operating anything with wheels--Russian tankers, Barbie cars, motorized lounging chairs, golf carts--and now a stroller. As My Fox Boston reports in this article, a Boston father was stopped for operating a stroller while intoxicated:
Police said 24-year-old Steven Melendez appeared to be intoxicated while pushing the stroller near his home. The officer said he showed the common signs of being drunk: glassy, bloodshot eyes; slurred speech, unsteady balance and there was a strong alcohol odor coming from him. He also wasn’t able to stand without leaning on the stroller, the officer said.
It appears that the arresting officers wisely chose not to charge Melendez with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, since it's difficult to envision any circumstance where a stroller could be considered a "motor vehicle". Instead, he was charged him with public drunkenness and endangering children--also somewhat questionable charges under the circumstances. Visit Americas Top DUI and DWI Attorneys at or call 1-800-DIAL-DUI to find a DUI OUI DWI Attorney Lawyer Now!
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