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Postby Ian on Tue May 22, 2007 2:17 pm

I know a few people that got pulled over for drunk driving on a bike, but this is the first time I've heard of someone getting pulled over in a wheelchair.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18798574?GT1=9951

A wheelchair-bound German stunned police when they pulled him over for using the road and allegedly found he was 10 times over the legal alcohol limit for drivers.

“He was right in the middle of the road,” said a spokesman for police in the northeastern city of Schwerin on Tuesday. “The officers couldn’t quite believe it when they saw the results of the breath test. That’s a life-threatening figure.”

The 31-year-old told police he had been out drinking with a friend and was a mile from home when a police car stopped him as he passed through the village of Ventschow.

Police said that because the man was technically traveling as a pedestrian, he could not be charged with a driving offense.

“It’s not like we can impound his wheelchair,” the spokesman said. “But he is facing some sort of punishment. It’s just not clear yet what exactly that will be.”
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Postby Wesociety on Tue May 22, 2007 11:15 pm

Yeah, what can they do? Send him to wheel chair driving school? :lol:
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Postby LoneWolf on Tue May 29, 2007 10:00 am

do they have "Drunk in Public" as a charge in Germany?
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Postby Wesociety on Tue May 29, 2007 12:06 pm

LoneWolf wrote:do they have "Drunk in Public" as a charge in Germany?

I think drunk in public is normal in Germany. Their beers are strong!
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Postby LoneWolf on Wed May 30, 2007 11:49 am

Wesociety wrote:
LoneWolf wrote:do they have "Drunk in Public" as a charge in Germany?

I think drunk in public is normal in Germany. Their beers are strong!


In a country where you can buy beer at McDonald's, too...(my sister was a foreign exchange student)..

The thought of "McBeer" kinda scares me a little.
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Postby MediumRare on Wed May 30, 2007 1:08 pm

LoneWolf wrote:The thought of "McBeer" kinda scares me a little.

They generally feature local brands, but not with the best ambience (read in a paper "cup"). Prices aren't great either.

There is a real problem here with beverages for kids because most restaurants / pubs (the distinction is blurry) are sponsored by a brewery. They're required by law to offer at least one non-alcoholic beverage for less than the cheapest alcoholic drink- and most of them have only one or 2 before you get to the beer or apple wine (a specialty in Frankfurt and area).

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