Man charged after motorized stool crash

March 31, 2009 at 1:53 PM
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NEWARK, Ohio, March 31 (UPI) -- Ohio police have charged a man with driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his homemade motorized bar stool.

Investigators said Kile Wygle, 28, told officers he had drank about 15 beers before he crashed the motorized stool March 4 in the street outside of his Newark, Ohio, home, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Wygle, who refused a blood alcohol test after the minor crash, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while under suspension. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has asked for a jury trial.

The Ohio Highway Patrol said state laws prohibit operating any motorized vehicle except wheelchairs and mobility scooters while under the influence of alcohol. Wygle's unusual ride featured a 5-horsepower motorcycle engine and a lawn mower steering wheel. He told officers the contraption has the capability to go 38 mph but was only traveling 20 mph at the time of the crash.

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