DUI while riding a bike

When most people think of drunk driving charges, it is usually in reference to getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired. However, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge can result from the operation of a variety of different motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Recently, an Athens, Georgia resident was charged with a DUI after being suspected of riding a bike while impaired.

A 43-year-old man rode his bike towards a police officer located on the corner of Pulaski Street and Prince Avenue. At around 10:40 p.m., the officer told the man to stop because he lacked a headlight. Instead of pulling into a parking lot, the individual continued to ride the bike pass the officer. After a short police chase, the cyclist was apprehended.

According to the officer, there was a strong odor of alcohol on the man's breath. However, he refused to take a field sobriety test. The officer believed that the man was unable to operate the bicycle safely and arrested him for a DUI and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. A date for trial has not yet been set. The cyclist was also cited for failure to have a headlamp on his bicycle.

Whether the person is driving a car or riding a bike, a charge of DUI is very serious. The blood alcohol content level that violates the law for individuals under 21 is .02. Illegal blood alcohol levels for drivers over 21 in the state of Georgia is .08. Consequences for drunk driving can range from probation to serious prison time. It's important to consider being represented by competent legal counsel. An attorney can help effectively defend a charge of DUI.

Source: onlineathens.com, Alleged DUI bicyclist leads Athens police officer on chase, Joe Johnson, August 13, 2014

Source: onlineathens.com, Alleged DUI bicyclist leads Athens police officer on chase, Joe Johnson, August 13, 2014

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