Most Minnesota residents know that driving a car after consuming alcohol could lead to a collision and possible charges. However, many may not know that DUI charges can also result from riding a bicycle while intoxicated. One man is now facing such a charge after allegedly causing a collision while biking under the influence.
According to authorities, the man was riding his bicycle on the interstate at the time of the incident. A witness called 911 to report the man, telling police that he was weaving across the three lanes of the road. Reports indicate that two vehicles collided shortly after the call, supposedly trying to avoid hitting the man on his bicycle. No one was injured in the accident, however.
The man was arrested for driving under the influence and for impeding traffic. Police stated that only motorized vehicles were allowed on the interstate, and they were able to charge him with the DUI because he was on the roadway. The man’s blood alcohol level was not released.
Whether riding a bicycle or driving a car, those charged with a DUI in Minnesota may face serious consequences if convictions are obtained. Those who find themselves in this situation may find it beneficial to consult an attorney as soon as possible after being charged. An attorney could help a client by assessing his or her situation to determine the best course of action. They could then work on building the client’s defense for court in an attempt to obtain the best possible outcome.
Source: twincities.com, “Drunken bicyclist caused crash on interstate bridge, state patrol says“, July 20, 2017