California, like most states, defines a “vehicle” as “a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.” That’s a broad definition. In recent years, people have been accused of DUI for operating mopeds, tractors, bicycles, lawnmowers, and Zamboni machines. If you are charged with DUI in Orange County for any reason, get in touch at once with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.
Steve Anderson was arrested in January for operating a Zamboni while under the influence in Fargo, North Dakota. Anderson was cleaning the ice during a high school hockey game when a spectator informed authorities that Anderson was weaving on the ice. In Colorado last year, Kenneth Welton, 53, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after allegedly driving drunk from bar to bar along Eight Avenue in Garden City, Colorado, on a riding lawnmower. Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Brooklyn, was arrested by New York City police for DWI on New Year’s Day after they received calls about a street sweeper driving erratically. In California, Jeffrey Rose, of La Quinta was arrested last year for suspicion of DUI after a passenger fell out of his golf cart.
In other states in recent years, people have been charged with DUI for operating mopeds, tractors, ATVs, bicycles, adult tricycles, and even riding horses. In California, People have been charged with DUI in California for sleeping in a parked car, sitting in a parked car, and even for riding in a wheelchair. If you’re accused of DUI in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California – whether you’re on a Zamboni or driving a big rig – contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible.