1/9/2006New Jersey: DUI for Riding a Pocket Bike
A Wayne, New Jersey man will spend six months in jail for riding a sixty-pound toy motorcycle while drunk.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela sentenced a man to six months in prison, $1000 fine and a 10-year license suspension for the crime of riding a 20 MPH pocket bike under the influence of alcohol. George Kaiser, 42, had purchased the $150, three-foot-long mini-motorcycle as a toy for his 13-year-old nephew.
On August 29, 2004 Kaiser took the bike to purchase cigarettes for a friend who had been injured at a barbecue. A police officer who was to respond to a call to assist that friend instead stopped Kaiser and charged him with driving while intoxicated on the toy bike. Because Kaiser had been convicted of DUI in an automobile on two previous occasions, the judge threw the stiffest penalties possible at the five-foot-five man for riding on the sixty pound scooter.