First e-Scooter DUI Case for Los Angeles

October 1, 2018

A Los Angeles man has been fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution for riding an electric scooter while intoxicated and knocking over a 64-year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk.

The L.A. City Attorney’s Office said the prosecution of 28-year-old Nicholas Kauffroath was the first motorized scooter DUI incident charged in Los Angeles.

The office says on Aug. 4 Kauffroath had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the limit while operating a Bird scooter.

The pedestrian was knocked down while leaving a theater and suffered a knee abrasion while the rider continued on.

Kauffroath pleaded no contest to operating a motorized scooter while under the influence and hit-and-run.

He was also placed on 36 months of probation and required to complete a DUI program.

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