Man charged with drink-driving on e-scooter

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16:57pm, Thu 15 Apr 2021
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A man has been charged with drink-driving while riding an e-scooter.

Suffolk Police said officers spotted someone using the electric device in Ipswich at around 1.50am on April 5.

They followed the rider from Lindbergh Road into Hilton Road where he was stopped and failed a roadside breath test.

Unal Gokbulut, 42, of Hilton Road, Ipswich, has been charged with drink-driving.

The force said he provided a breath test sample of 70 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

He was also charged with driving without insurance.

Gokbulut has been bailed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Friday May 21.

It is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on a public road, cycle lane or pavement in the UK. The only place it can be used is on private land.

However, the Government has begun trials of e-scooters in approved rental schemes.

E-scooters are treated as motor vehicles by the Department for Transport and are subject to the same legal requirement as other vehicles.

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