Wheelchair DUI

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

A man in a wheelchair is charged with drunk driving.

Moultrie Police say David Popper was pulled over next to the Huddle House in Moultrie because he didn't have a light on his motorized wheelchair after sunset, which is against Georgia state law.

When police stopped him in the parking lot, they say they could smell alcohol on him.

Police say Popper admitted to having a 'couple of beers,' but refused to blow into a breath-a-lizer for a blood alcohol reading.

Popper was arrested and faces DUI charges.

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  • by b Location: moultrie on Nov 13, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    hey, here's a thought. do any of you realize that just because somebody is in a wheelchair there are poor disabled people. here's a reality check. this individual is a drunk that constantaly causes problems in the community. he rides that wheelchair because he's so drunk he can't walk. so, no crime is not so low in georgia.yes it may seem petty, but how many times can you say now don't do it again? really, this person is what public safety calls A FREQUENT FLYER. so if you don't interact with these people and have no clue waht the law is then think twice before you cast any stones.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Nov 3, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    I have compassion for folks with any disability, especially confinement to a wheelchair, but law is law. Some of you act like the cop was just "mean" and arrested the man and that's stupid! Give you another thought...the guy in the wheelchair broke the LAW and had the cop just let him go, then an accident happen later, the cop would be at fault as well! You know how that would end with so many people jumping at the chance to file a lawsuit nowdays. Years back some cops would have just taken the guy home, but they can't afford that risk in this day and time. You are also crazy if you think cops enjoy all the paperwork associated with processing an individual for a DUI!
  • by l Location: tallahassee on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    poorman you and thomas are the only ones with any brains. dummbo kenny it is againts the law to be walking around drunk it call public intoxication. YOU just tryit here in tally and see what happens if your seen that way. thomas is right it is a motorized vehicle and if you don't "use it" right like going into road and not useing walkways and lights SOMETHING BAD CAN HAPPEN. the rest of ya are just as insane. IF you don't know the law then keep your traps shut.
  • by Thomas Location: Florida on Nov 2, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    Kenny, first off a motorized wheel chair, is a "motor vehicle", second most counties and cities have laws on the books concerning public intoxication (i.e. walking around drunk).
  • by kenny Location: tallahassee on Nov 2, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    This is insane. Must have been a new cop fresh out school. I would fight this until the end. You cant register a wheel chair and put a tag on it. So technically it's not a vehicle. I dont feel this will ever hold up in a court. People are allowed to walk down the road intoxicated. This is complete b/s and I think this guy should be taken off the road.
  • by poorman Location: tally on Nov 2, 2010 at 04:26 PM
    what he would've drove his wheelchair out into the road causing an accident and killing someone you'd have a different opion about the story then.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    Police have no compassion anymore. We live in a zero-tolerance area that demands harsh punishment for everyone (unless you are rich or a politician). This is ridiculous.
  • by Human Person Location: Wakulla on Nov 2, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Why couldn't they just take him home? I'd have a few myself if I was confined to a wheelchair. Where is compassion in this world?
  • by Lee Location: Tallahassee on Nov 2, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    Is crime that slow in Georgia?
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