Man charged with drink-driving after electric scooter incident

Almost all of the fines were handed out in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

Police stopped a man riding an electric scooter in Hilton Road, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich man has been charged with drink-driving after an incident involving an electric scooter last week.

Just before 2am on Monday April 5, officers in Lindbergh Road spotted someone using an e-scooter in the street and followed them into Hilton Road.

The man was arrested and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning after failing a roadside breath test.

Unal Gokbulut, 42, of Hilton Road, Ipswich, was later charged with drink-driving — after providing a sample of twice the legal limit — and driving without insurance.

He was released on bail and will appear before Ipswich Magistrates' Court on Friday, May 21.

A police spokesman said: "Although you can legally buy an e-scooter in the UK, you cannot currently ride it on a public road, cycle lane or pavement. The only place it can be used is on private land.

"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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He added that someone caught riding an e-scooter in a public place could be fined up to £300 and given six penalty points.

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