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Disabled Man Arrested Under Victorian Law- For Trying To Order A McDonalds

August 3, 2016

This is the bizarre moment a disabled man was arrested by police at a McDonald’s drive-thru on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a mobility scooter .

The man was arrested under a Victorian drink-driving law when he was stopped on Monday after he tried to order a takeaway meal.

Security guard Jack Solomon, 25, took a series of pictures of the man as he was breathalysed at the McDonald’s restaurant on Grand Parade, Skegness, Lincs, at 3.30pm.

He said: “I was working opposite the restaurant and saw a load of police so went over to see what was happening.

“I was shocked to see an officer talking to a fella on a mobility scooter.
Jack Solomon/SWNS

The abandoned wheelchair after the man was taken away
The abandoned wheelchair after the man was taken away

“Another one of them breathalysed him before taking him off the scooter and putting him the police car and taking him away.

“He didn’t seem too bothered and didn’t struggle.

“I went back a few hours later and the scooter was still there in the drive-thru. It was bizarre to say the least.

It is believed the man had tried to place an order but was refused by staff as the drive-thru was for “roadworthy vehicles” only.

The man is then thought to have refused to leave, causing a delay to other customers for up to an hour as well as attracting a large crowd of onlookers.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “Following advice taken from independent parties and company safety risk assessments, it is our policy only road worthy motor vehicles should be served in our drive-thru lanes.

“This takes into account a number of considerations including space available in the lanes and the heights of ordering points and service hatches.

“Mobility scooter users are invited to enter into our restaurants and order food at service points which are more convenient for them, and most importantly, safer for the customer and crew when selling food.”

Michael Ernest Green, 62, of Skegness, was charged with being drunk in charge of a carriage – an offence under the 1872 Licensing Act.

The law was originally brought in to crack down on anyone caught drunk in charge of a carriage, steam engine, bicycle a horse or a cow.

Mobility scooters are classed as a carriage and are not covered by current drink-driving laws.

The crime has a maximum penalty of £200 or 51 weeks in prison.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire police said: “Officers were called to McDonald’s on Grand Parade, Skegness, around 3.30pm on Monday afternoon in response to a report that a man in a mobility scooter was blocking the drive-thru and refusing to leave.

“The man was arrested and has since been charged with being drunk in charge of a carriage (1872 Licencing Act).

“He will appear before Skegness Magistrates’ on August 30.”


3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2016 11:57 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. August 3, 2016 12:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Trying to Keep Calm.

  3. August 4, 2016 12:36 am

    To the best of my knowledge, mobility scooters are roadworthy and can often be seen using roads. I live in Clacton-on-sea, where they are very common.

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