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Can a drunk handicapped person, who is operating an electric wheelchair, be charged with a DUI?

8 Comments 29 August 2010

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  1. button21 says:

    He can be charged with public intoxication.

  2. Nikki says:

    if he’s in his yard driving his wheelchair, i think so, because you can get a dui or pi i forget which for driving a lawn mower drunk too lol

  3. Nell Nell says:

    hmm that’s a good question i have often thought about that also, and i think that they should be charged with a DUI if they are drunk but I’m sure there is some law around it

  4. emergersplerger says:

    No, just public intoxication. a wheelchair,unlike a motr vehickle, cant kill anyone.

  5. Chris says:

    yes, and he could kill someone, i have seen weirder things,

  6. Sierra C says:

    LOL…That’s out of line!

  7. burnt bob says:

    yes dont even have to be electric they can get dui on ant thing with wheels at least in ohio

  8. smommeee says:

    yes they can, and do. I’m in a wheelchair, and they’re not as easy to operate as you may think. You don’t get instructions with them. Thus:holes in my walls from learning. I don’t slur anymore, but I did right after my stroke. I’ve been called a drunk, and was made fun of when I ran into things. The fact is that I get eye migraines and can barely see sometimes, but I don’t drink. Before my illness I drove school buses, city basses, semi trucks, and access buses for the handicapped. Maybe the guy didn’t get a DUI because he passed the Breathalyzer test. You may have just assumed he was drunk because he was weaving, talked funny, and there was a bar close by. Even if he had been drinking, it doesn’t mean he was drunk. If you thought he was, you could have called the cops and let them decide.


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