A man just became the first person to be charged for driving under the influence while on a motorized scooter in Los Angeles. His blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit, according to city officials.
Nicholas Kauffroath, 28, was riding a Bird electric scooter on a sidewalk in West Los Angeles when he knocked down a pedestrian and neglected to stop or find help. Authorities later took Kauffroath into custody, where they found that he was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.279, three times the legal limit.
The Bird User Rental agreement states that users must not operate a vehicle while under the influence of any alcohol, drugs, medication, or other substance that may impair the user’s ability to operate the vehicle safely.
“Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike — or a scooter — is not only illegal but can lead to serious injury or worse,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement to ABC News.
Nicholas Kauffroath pled no contest to one count of operating a motorized scooter while under the influence and one count of hit-and-run, according to city officials.
He was placed on 36 months of probation, ordered to pay a $550 fine, and required to complete a three-month DUI alcohol program. Kauffroath was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim and instructed not to operate a motorized scooter with any alcohol in his system.
Feuer said, “This conviction demonstrates our office’s continued effort to enforce our drunk driving laws and make our streets and sidewalks safer.”