E-Scooter rider banned over travelling at 30mph over drink drive limit

E-Scooter rider on souped-up device is banned from road after he was caught travelling at 30mph while over drink drive limit

  • Clinton Henry, 28, accelerated to around 30mph before being stopped by police
  • He had no licence or insurance and refused to provide a roadside breath test 
  • Henry later gave a breath specimen with 77mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
  • He pleaded guilty to charges and was disqualified from driving for 17 months 

An e-scooter rider on a souped-up device has been banned from the road after he was caught travelling at 30mph while over the drink drive limit.

Clinton Henry, 28, from Lewisham, south east London, pulled away from traffic lights and accelerated almost instantly to around 30mph on the modified electric-powered scooter before being stopped by police.

When officers spoke to him he admitted having no licence or insurance, claiming he didn’t know they were required for e-scooters.

He also refused to provide a roadside breath test and was arrested. Police said he later provided a breath specimen containing 77 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Clinton Henry, 28, pulled away from traffic lights and accelerated almost instantly to around 30mph on the modified electric-powered scooter (above) before being stopped by police

Henry was charged with driving over the prescribed limit and not having a driving licence or insurance after the incident at around 12.30am on April 11 in Lewisham.

He appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on May 10 where he pleaded guilty to both charges.

As well as being disqualified from driving for 17 months, Henry was also fined £170 and ordered to pay £119 in costs and victim surcharge.

The scooter – which had no lights on and had a seat fitted – was also seized by police.

It was found to have a 5600W electric motor, capable of over 50mph and even had a horn and indicators fitted.

Sergeant Steve Wilson, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: ‘E-scooters remain illegal on London’s roads and pavements but we know there are still too many people failing to comply with the law.

Henry, from Lewisham, appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court (file photo, above) on May 10 where he pleaded guilty to both charges. He was disqualified from driving for 17 months

‘This case should serve as a reminder that an e-scooter is a motor vehicle, just like a car. 

‘If you are caught with one on a road or pavement, it could impact on your regular driving licence and lead to a fine of £300 and six penalty points.

‘In this case, the rider was also over the legal limit for alcohol, creating further risk not only for himself but for other road users.

‘Ensuring the safety of the roads is at the heart of everything we do and we will continue to proactively engage with e-scooter riders and enforce the law where necessary.’

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