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Ipswich man charged with drink-driving after e-scooter stopped

A man from Ipswich was charged with drink-driving after an electric scooter incident last week.

Just before 2 a.m. on Monday, April 5, officials on Lindbergh Road spotted someone on the street with an e-scooter and followed them onto Hilton Road.

The man was arrested and taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Center for questioning after failing a roadside breath test.

Unal Gokbulut, 42, of Hilton Road, Ipswich, was later charged with drink-driving – after producing a sample twice the legal limit – and drove without insurance.

He has been released on bail and will appear before the Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich on Friday May 21.

A police spokesman said: “While you can legally buy an e-scooter in the UK, you cannot currently ride it on a public road, bike path or sidewalk. The only place it can be used is on private land.

“E-scooters are treated as motor vehicles by the Ministry of Transport and are subject to the same legal requirements as other vehicles.”

He added that someone caught driving an e-scooter in a public place could be fined up to £ 300 and penalized six.

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