A woman has become the first female to be banned from driving for two years after she was found to be drunk while using an e-scooter.
Kyah Jordan, 20, was nearly three times the legal limit when she jumped a red light and almost crashed into an unmarked police car.
It was claimed in court that she was driving so slowly that she would not have posed a danger to anyone, but magistrates found against her, stating that it is a motor vehicle ‘the same as a moped, the same as a bus’.
She was spotted riding the device through Newport on the Isle of Wight late one night in December after drinking double shots of rum with a friend.
They then went to a nearby branch of Morrisons where riders can rent e-scooters, similar to cycle schemes across the country.
It was the first time she had ever ridden one and police first spotted her heading directly for them after she ran a red light.
They were in an unmarked car and said that they had little doubt that she would have been injured if she had collided with them.
They shouted for her to stop, but she failed to do so. They ran after her and when they caught up with her could instantly smell alcohol.
As well as the driving ban Magistrate Peter Redding ordered Jordan to carry out 40 hours of community service.
At the time of the incident, Isle of Wight Police posted on social media: ‘This evening, the rider of the E-scooter pictured below, found herself under arrest on suspicion of drink driving.
‘The rider was subsequently charged and will appear in court in due course.
‘The use of E-Scooters whilst intoxicated will not be tolerated.’
It is currently illegal to ride e-scooters on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement. The only place an e-scooter can be used is on private land, with the permission of the landowner.
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