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Segway operator beats DWI arrest - again

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 1:52pm

MEDINA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man arrested for drunken driving while operating a Segway stand-up scooter has beaten the charges again.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals agrees with Mark Greenman. His Segway doesn't meet the definition of a motor vehicle under the state's drunken driving laws. The 48-year-old attorney was charged with drunken driving last February after riding his Segway from a bar to his Medina home. A police officer spotted Greenman veering into the roadway. Greeman failed a field sobriety test.

The appeals court ruled that because the Segway operates under 12 mph, it falls under regulations pertaining to pedestrians, not motor vehicles.

Greenman was also arrested in 2010 for driving the Segway while drunk. A judge granted his motion to dismiss and the city didn't appeal. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/SAS7PU ) says a third DWI case against Greeman involving his Segway is still pending.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.