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Intoxicated Man Facing Felony for Driving Power Wheels Jeep

An Indiana man is facing a felony charge after allegedly driving a child’s Power Wheels Jeep on the street while reportedly under the influence of an intoxicant.

Power Wheels are Fisher-Price rechargeable battery-operated toy vehicles intended for children between the ages of one and eight. Many of them are designed to resemble real vehicles like Jeep, Mustang, Kawasaki, and Harley Davidson.

According to reports, on the evening of August 23, a man who lives in Vincennes was using illicit substances. He reportedly gained access to a child’s Power Wheels Jeep, and he allegedly decided to take the electronic vehicle out for a spin.

While Power Wheels sometimes have features like playable radios, they do not come with reflectors or lights. When the man rode the toy Jeep into the street, he was reportedly very hard to see in the darkness of the night.

Despite the dimly lit conditions, a trooper from the Indiana State Police spotted the man riding the mini-Jeep near his residence. The trooper performed a traffic stop, and the driver was identified as a 51-year-old local man.

It was reported that the man showed several signs of being intoxicated, and the trooper had him perform a roadside sobriety test. He allegedly did poorly when he went through the exercises, and the authorities transported the man to the Good Samaritan Hospital for blood tests.

The tests reportedly showed that there was marijuana and meth in his system.

The man was taken into custody and booked into the Knox County Jail. He is facing one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a level 6 felony. He was released on a $5,000 bond two days later.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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