A 20-year-old woman has been banned from driving for 2 years after being caught drink-riding an e-scooter in Newport last month.
Kyah Jordan, from New Milton, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Friday charged with driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level above limit – drink driving.
The mainlander was stopped by Police on Pyle Street in Newport on 12th December after Jordan ran a red light, almost crashing into a Police car in the process.
With officers believing Jordan to be in drink she was instructed to carry out a roadside breathe test, which she failed. She was taken into custody and later blew 97 – the legal limit being 35. The 20-something had been out for a night of drinking when she decided to hop onto a Beryl e-Scooter.
Electric scooters are covered by the Road Traffic Act and therefore the rules of the road apply at all times. Under UK law, it is currently illegal to ride a personal e-scooter on the roads (and pavements), however, it is permitted if hiring an e-scooter as part of an official trial.
Beryl e-Scooters are currently being trialed in Newport and Ryde with government approval.
20-year-old Kyah is thought to be one of the first people in the country to be charged with the offence of drink driving relating to an e-scooter. She must now serve her 2 year driving ban and complete 40 hours of unpaid work.
Police say that the use of e-scooters whilst intoxicated will not be tolerated.