Dui, And Evading On My Motor Assisted Bicycle

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by hot70cc, May 16, 2008.

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  1. hot70cc

    hot70cc Guest

    yep it happened here in PA, I was going around the block with my motor assisted bicycle, I had a couple mixed drinks while making supper on the grill for the family, and prolly 2 hours later after drinking, i decided to take a quick ride around the block. Well what do you know flashing lights. I panicked and kept going around the block evading(stupid choice). I wasn't really concerned about the drinking because i thought i was fine and good enouph to be riding. all i was thinking about at the time was the fines for , maybe riding an unregistered, unlicenced vehicle, Not being sure of the laws with theses thing i just panicked. Well i got home ran in the house and they knocked on the door a identified that it was me. So went to the police station and was questioned and 1 hour later they asked me if i was drinking and i was honest and said yes prolly 3 hours ago. they gave me the breathalizer and blew a .11 .08 in PA is intoxicated. So they got Me for that as well. So here i am awaiting for the papers in the Mail for the charges and court date. Just to let you all aware that don't make the stupid choices that i had made. Alot is going thru my mind and looking for something good out of all this, but i know I'm looking at atleast with all the fines $3,000 or more. So i'm feeling really stupid and feel like i let my family down. Wish i could go back and change it but all is to late. Like i said don't make the mistake if you are unsure of your laws and, definatly don't have a few drinks before hand. God Bless all. I'll keep you all posted to the outcome when all is finished.

  2. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    God that sucks. "To protect and serve" my ***.
  3. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Man, sorry to hear that. We all make stupid choices, just some more stupid then others. Hope it doesn't get TOO bad for you.
  4. Dude. You should have stopped. All kidding aside,and with all due respect,I bet to the cop that must have been pretty hilarious!

    But seriously,my prayers are with you.

    Maybe the judge will go easy on you.
  5. hot70cc

    hot70cc Guest

    The funny thing is , I got away from him, it was the neighbors that ratted me out. If it wouldn't have been for the neighbors i would be ok. BUT OWELL i will suffer the conc. for my stupidity.
  6. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    I didn't think a lot of things would happen to me in my life but they did,& since i've given up drinking i've never had a problem.
    Not very neighbourly of your neighbours though. :puke:
  7. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Seriously, I totally would have just gone over and heckled you for awhile if I were the neighbors :)

    You still would have had to put the bike away for good though.
  8. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Bummer dude.:(
  9. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    You mentioned that you feel like you let your family down. I don't suppose it's really that bad, but I guess you didn't make yourself look very bright to them. That's probably the part of your story that brings a tear to my eye more than the rest. But time will be your ally. There'll come a day (maybe not so far away) when remembering this will make you shudder a bit, but nothing worse than that.

    So good luck. You'll have to walk the straight and narrow for awhile, of course. But once you've gone through that, then you'll be able to have a (only slightly painful) laugh about it.
  10. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    Beware the cottage industry of "councilors" and "educators" you'll probably wind up spending time with.

    If your first offense, you might get steered their way via plea bargain or adjudicated judgement.

    But you'll still pay $$$ and have to bum rides to stupid classes that are usually all weekend long, and friday night too.

    Then your car insurance is going to be insane for a while.

    OTOH the "jail" isn't as bad as you think, I know people who have gone several weekends in a row. It's a halfway house style thing where you get to wear street clothes/pajamas, go to bed early, and stay freakin sober.

    My take on the "system" is it's run by teetotallers, who love to find an excuse to get someone on the wagon, puppettering moronic politicians who want to look "tough" on something everyone can agree on.

    Might be worth pleading for leniency, as your lightweight bike would have been unlikely to injure another worse than it injured you. The "leniency" would probably be a lame plea deal I described above.
  11. hot70cc

    hot70cc Guest

    I agree, it wasn't like i was out to kill someone, only myself if worse came to worse. I don't drive a vehicle when intoxicated, I just made a bad decision to take my bike around the block at the wrong time. Im still awaiting on the paper work, like i said i'll keep you all posted on my sentince. Instead of DUI there should be a more leanient fine called PUI ( pedaling under the influence) Nothing more than a misdimeanor) <(SP). But I guess the state needs the most money they can get. Thanks all for the understanding, and kind words
  12. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    That really sucks man. We all make mistakes. Some of us make bigger mistakes than others. Trust me. I have gotten myself into a LOT more trouble than you have (I think). I learned the hard way. I used to drive drunk and flee officers all the time with my car. I finally did get caught a few times. Never in the action. One time they got my plate, and supposedly a description of me, and the other time they found me hiding in the woods hours after I outran a state trooper. It was stupid. I wish I could take it all back. You will be ok. You will get slapped on the wrist, and learn an important lesson. Good luck!
  13. augidog

    augidog New Member

    when i saw the subject-line, i froze...whoo...when i saw how you presented it, well, my hat's off to you...i'm glad you see the errors & i won't preach, much. and i applaud the mature discussion so far by the other riders, too.

    hey, a cager gets nailed for dui & evading, what do we all say about it? matter of fact, some riders wound up being riders because of that.

    just because we enjoy a bit of rebellious immunity with our mb's, it doesn't mean we're immune, too...it sorta means we have to behave even better still...IF we wanna keep riding, that is.

    hot70cc, take the same attitude of remorse and self-accountibility with you to court, it's not much but it is your best bet. and i'll wish you luck, because i think you might be needing some...keep us posted.
    Last edited: May 20, 2008
  14. Alan

    Alan Member

    That does suck. Hopefully, it won't be so bad for you. Were you tearing down the street, as I would probably do ?
    I still ride looking over my shoulder, with my thumb next to the kill switch. And I do tend to go for spins after dinner, post-beer. Your story will help to remind me that I'm riding a motor vehicle, and NOT to drink first. :oops:

    Here in PA, our mb's are more like toys. We tend to think "it's just a toy", as they have no license plate and no insurance. Just start it up like a mower, and start cuttin'. Maybe someday, as gas hits 7.00 per gal, we will have our mb's here legally.
    In a bordering state like Maryland, anyone can ride one, and NO plates or registration are needed. Just a regular standard driver's license. Heaven.:cool:

    Not fair at all.

    Please let us know the outcome. Wishing you the best luck.

    - Al
  15. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Hot70cc, I forgot to ask. What exactly did they charge you with for fleeing the police?
  16. Can you even get a DUI on a bicycle? I used to take my bike to the bar, just because I thought it would be legal to get home that way. Anyway, don't worry, it wasn't that bad, everyone makes mistakes.
  17. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    That is not legal because you are still drunk in public. You just cant win.....
  18. sjackson

    sjackson Member

    yes! I had a friend who got one. As long as you're on the road, you can get in trouble for it. The thing is, most cops won't bother with a biker unless he's being a huge idiot, or is doing something to make himself stand out. I'd venture to guess that these little motors sure make us stand out.

    My friend was not only drunk on a bike, but drinking on a bike. He made the mistake of taking a pull from a bottle of Jack right as a cop drove by. Not smart.
  19. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    My understanding in the states I've lived in is that bicyclists must follow all the laws that motorists are operating under. So this includes DUI and DWI, etc.

    I'll bet its the same everywhere.

    but like the poster above said, the cops usually won't mess with a bicyclist unless he's standing out somehow. In fact, they're probably happy that a guy who's been at the bar for a few hours is bicycling instead of driving. Unless he's drawing attention to himself.

    But I used to bicycle up to the bar. Often closed it, for that matter. And the local cops must have figured out what I was up to. They knew me. So I guess you just gotta keep a low profile. Just like motor assisted bicycling.
  20. wavygravy

    wavygravy Guest

    thats not being a good ambasador for motorized bicycles kick yourself in the behind with both feet at the same time!!