Woman Involved in DUI Incident On a 2.4 Mph Mobility Scooter
Well, not quite because a British woman was banned from driving for 20 months for the exact aforementioned reasons, The Daily Mail reported. Amanda Leaff, age 46, was stopped by an off-duty police officer at around 10.45 pm on November 12 for “driving erratically”.
The woman was struggling to travel a 10-mile journey to her house in a buggy taken from Asda store to save herself from paying a taxi. Normally, the journey would have taken a few hours but Amanda represented a risk to herself and to other road users. When she was tested she recorded 77 mg of alcohol, the legal driving limit being 35 mg.
Her solicitor Stephen Krebbs told magistrates at Oldham, Greater Manchester: “It was an awfully long way for her to go.” He added that she had planned to drive 10 miles into the centre of Manchester and then through Piccadilly to her home in Stretford. When she was stopped, she had already travelled two-and-a-half miles.
The woman had visited a friend in a pub in Chadderton and after several hours of drinking, they decided to take the scooter as the heel of her friend had broken. Afterwards, they drove to a friend's house in the neighborhood and two hours later, Amanda decided to return home on the scooter instead of paying for a taxi.
“The scooters, although very practical and robust, are not really designed for road use,” said a spokesman for Asda.