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Posted on 06/10/2012 10:27:09 AM PDT by kevcol
UTICA, Mich., June 9 (UPI) -- A 55-year-old Michigan man was charged with operating a motorized wheelchair on a city street while heavily intoxicated, police said.
Raymond Kulma was arrested on May 27, The Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens reported Thursday.
Kulma has been arrested six other times for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but Utica police Chief David Faber said, "This certainly is one for the books."
Police were called to the Utica Senior Citizen Housing complex because a man allegedly hit Kulma in the face during an argument, Faber said. When police arrived, Kulma took the man's wheelchair and started driving away.
Officer Mike Wilber saw Kulma driving the wheelchair down the middle of a road and stopped him.
"Mr. Kulma was in danger of his own life as well as having someone avoid hitting him and then swerving off the road and slamming into a pole or building," Faber said. "Officers recognized right away that Mr. Kulma had been drinking.
"Mr. Kulma registered a 0.24 blood-alcohol content, which is three times higher than the legal limit."
Kulma was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
I can’t speak for all states, but in mine if it has wheels, it’s a vehicle, at least for DUI purposes. So don’t drink and bicycle, skateboard, or wheelchair....
Kulma took the man’s wheelchair
He took the mans wheelchair. He should have three charges leveled. Assault, theft and intoxication.
Stand up, Ray! Let ‘em see ya! Oh, God love ya, what am I talking about?
Looks like a drunk workers comp/SS disability criminal to me...doesn’t seem to have much trouble standing up....
I’d bet you a dollar that wheelchair was paid for by Medicaid..
Biden gaff, but I think it was “stand-up Charlie”. :)
God Bless VP JoeB. (now, go and use your supersoaker....)
In my State, you can be arrested for DWI if you are drunk and pushing a baby stroller. I believe the concept is four wheels... If it has four wheels and the person operating it is drunk, you can be charged.
Motorcycles don’t count?
LMAO! Is that you, LunchBucket Joe?
Ask George Jones (The singer)
Wouldn’t it be assault, grand theft wheel chair and DUI?
Yes... motorcycles count. Not sure about other two wheeled vehicles though... I am thinking if it is motorized and on public streets/sidewalks etc... What I don’t know is about lawn mowers... I am thinking if you are pushing/riding one on a sidewalk/public street then yes.. you can be arrested for DWI.
Hmmmm, it can’t be OMVWI. Must be a separate statute.
It sounds like your state will arrest you for just being drunk in public.
Umm, he stole the wheelchair.
You appear to be correct. I should’ve done more research before posting. Oops.
And yet it has happened:
Who knows anymore. The world has gone to the nuts! :)
Charges should be reduced to drunk in public cause he has no choice but to use a wheelchair, it’s the same as his legs.
OK. Here’s the deal, at least for Jersey: it’s illegal to bike while intoxicated, and you can be fined, imprisoned, or do community service for it. But they can’t take your driver’s license:
The case in NJ v. Tehan. (And yes, NJ is a police state, in more ways than one)
He’s not confined to a wheelchair. He can walk. Photographic evidence at top of this page.
Heard of a fellow here in Wisconsin who got ticketed on horseback. He had several priors in vehicles, which is why he was saddled up. But he got a lawyer and beat it.
My roommate in college got arrested for DUI on a bicycle. He spent the night in jail, and they impounded his bike.
The guy stoled the wheelchair from someone else, who I am going to say was really disabled.
I have a friend and his father was an inventor. He built a “car” that had no wheels - it cruised on air.
So, my friend (teenager at the time), and his father went for a drive on air on a city street. At some point, cops stopped them. They were perplexed - this thing had no wheels so it wasn’t a car. It was an air traveler and there are no laws about riding on air. The father wasn’t breaking a law, just riding along.
The cops told the father to keep the air machine away from the road because they didn’t know what to do with it.
That is hysterical! I would have loved to have seen the confused looks on the faces of the officers. Hmmmm.... it isn’t ON the road but above it... sort of like a plane but it isn’t. Oh never mind... just go on and do what you’re doing! LOL!!
My friend, Roy, the son, is the husband of my sister-in-law. He is a genuine genius like his father was. He’s an electrical engineer and computer expert and an expert on most every subject including ham radios and building computers and radios and anything else.
My husband died last year, and Roy has taken over my house. They live five hours away, but when they come, he walks in and says, “What needs to be fixed?” He does this every time, so last time, I made a typed list. He started right in. If he isn’t fixing something or making something, he is not happy.
He carries tools of every kind in his truck from the plain to the exotic.
There is no one like this genius. He now works to make sure new gas and oil comes out of south Texas. If there is a glitch, he knows what to tell people to do to fix it.
I laughed, too, when he told the story of the air vehicle.