Lady Arrested for Driving Motorized Shopping Cart While Drunk!

United States
January 20, 2007 9:11am CST
Yes, I live in a small town. So small in fact that one of the headline stories in today's paper reports a local arrest. Seems a lady was arrested for operating a motorized shopping cart while under the influence of alcohol when shopping inside the local WalMart. She was cited for failure of sobriety tests and not having her drivers license in possession. Wow. I did not realize one needed a drivers license to operate one of those carts. What are your thoughts on this arrest?
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@mamajena (122)
• United States
21 Jan 07
In California where I live it is illegal to operate any motorized vehicle while under the influence. This includes motorcycles, mopeds, riding mowers, tractors and ride on carts. Hell we can even get a dui on a bicycle so in answer to your question I have no problem with the woman being arrested she was operating a motorized vehicle that could have caused some on bodily injury due to her level of impairment. If she had been driving a car the danger would have been greater so I quess you could say be grateful for small favors. As far as the no drivers license I had no idea one was required either and don't really see how that could be enforced. Lot's of elderly and handicapped people do not qualify for drivers licenses so how can they do that? And at the very least the woman should have been charged with drunk in public however I need to know whether or not she was danger to either herself or others and what exactly was her level of intoxication to make a final determination of this case.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I get the whole point of a person not operating anything motorized or even a bike for that matter when they are drunk because someone could get hurt. And I am sure that woman in the motorized shopping cart probably did some damage or knocked over displays. But I guess I never thought about a person operating a motorized shopping cart or even a riding lawn mower as you mentioned. It makes since. I just didn't think that someone would think to go grocery shopping or mow their lawn when they were drunk! LOL
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Oh my gosh! I am laughing so hard!!!! I did not know that one had to have a license to drive a motorized cart either!!!! Do you realize how many kids I have seen driving those? I can understand that sobreity test because then they could arrest her for public display of drunkness. But for driving a motorized shopping cart???? ha ha ha ha That is a new one! Thanks for sharing! That was great. Can't wait to hear the next headline. Headline: Small town gets first hit on website from non-local. Details: It seems as if the lady that was arrested from driving the motorized cart has created a stir outside our town limits. So, outsiders are actually looking at our website now. Let's see if Grandma can do something else to get arrested. hahahahahaha Sorry, just playing. :) I live in a small town to. ha ha
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Well they can get her for being intoxicated in puplic if she is impaired. It wouldn't have mattered if she was walking or in a motorized cart like that for that charge. However the not having her drivers license on her if she wasn't driving a car at all they will find that one will be dismissed. You don't have to have your license on you if you are not driving a car.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
That is what I thought, but the paper says they gave her a DUI and charged her also with license not in possession. We have law here that usually applies if one is just intoxicated in public, they arrest you for PI (public intoxication) not a DUI. The whole thing looked odd to me! I thought it should simply have been a PI, which sounds like what you are saying.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Exactly what I thought too and in the first response. Really it should be about public intoxication and I don't think that those elderly people all have a drivers license that are driving those electonic carts. That isn't right to have that as a law because what does driving one of those have to do with driving a car. My 84 year old grandma doesn't have a drivers license and she uses those carts. Is that illegal?
• United States
20 Jan 07
I guess the local police just want her to reconsider the next time she gets into a motorized cart if she had been drinking. Or probably the management at the local Walmart wanted more penalty other than public intoxication. Coz on the other hand, if that lady had bumped her motorized cart in any corner of Walmart and something fell on her or whatever....she can sue Walmart. You know these crazy lawsuits nowadays. So, probably that arrest might be a warning to anybody thinking of getting into that motorized cart drunk while shopping.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
OOOOH you might be on to something! Almost everyone here is "on the draw" meaning they have found a way to live off the government. There are frivilous lawsuits galore. Maybe she was trying to get hit by flying debris...to sue WalMart! Wow, we should make a movie out of this! Who can we get to play the parts?! Can I be the drunk lady?!
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
20 Jan 07
LOL I can see the sobriety test but I have never heard of having to have a drivers license to drive a motorized cart. LOL I live in a small town also. We have one traffic light and it is not needed. It used to be a 3 way stop and there was never a wreck there that i knew of but ..they wanted to have at least one traffic light in the county. So now we have one traffic light in the county. LOL
• United States
20 Jan 07
This one isn't that small, but much smaller than what I was accustomed to before moving here. It is small enough though that this was one of the headlines! I can't imagine what she must have done to draw attention to herself. She must have been really disgustingly inebriated.
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@fabwisp (1328)
21 Jan 07
HaHa! As seriouse as this is it is something you would expect to see on a comedy sketch show! But if she were driving a car or motorbike the story would be different. I agree with the arrest. A small child could have been hurt. Perhaps she will think before she does it next time.
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
21 Jan 07
My local police dept. here says that it is just like driving a moped if it is 60cc or goes over a certain speed you have to at time have your license with you that is why she might have gotten the DUI for. But come on she should of never been in a public place like that on something motorized if the first place. To many kids around in Wal-Marts.
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@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
20 Jan 07
it is funny. She was probably totally drunk, that is why she must be arrested.
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@ephi4real (565)
• Nigeria
21 Jan 07
I wonder if a motorized shopping cart qualifies as a car? Well, it seems it was ok to arrest her for being under the influence, but in this matter, I don't see what connection a drivers license has with a shopping cart. Maybe they should start issuing shopping cart licences.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I guess it makes sense that she should have been carrying her license with her for id purposes or that she has some driving experience to show she does know how to drive, whether it a car, shopping cart or riding lawn mower.
• Ireland
20 Jan 07
LMAO! Poor lady - that's a bit harsh?! But funny nevertheless... I wonder if you need a license to drive a 'ride-on' lawnmower?! OMG I've just had a thought! My one year old has one of those walker / riders?! Does she need a driver's license for that do you think?! I live in a small place as well, and having grown up in a big city I LOVE looking at the local paper headlines!! The best recently was the police appealing for any witnesses to a 'hit-and-run flower-stand incident'. Someone had driven into a flower-stand, knocked it over, and done a runner.... Serious stuff that!
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• United States
20 Jan 07
OMG, that is hilarious. That is exactly the type of thing in our local paper. Last year a man was arrested for riding a horse while intoxicated. Strange place I'm telling ya!
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@shywolf (4529)
• United States
20 Jan 07
That seems a little bit harsh, to me. I can see her getting in trouble, but getting _arrested_ over it? I also didn't realize that one was supposed to have their driver's liscence in order to operate one of those! Oh my gosh. My mother rides on those carts a lot because she gets very tired walking long distances and she generally has to use crutches to get around if she is going to walk a long distance. So she likes to use those motorized shopping carts. I think that I had better let her know about this so that she will make sure to have her liscence with her! :/ Not that she would ever be drunk and driving one, lol.. but still. Thanks for sharing! ^_^
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Yeah, makes me wonder if our cops needed a little more to do with their time! Or, maybe she was disgustingly drunk and knocking over displays or something. But to be arrested! Why not escorted out of the store..of course, I imagine they didn't want her to drive home. But, I wonder if she drove there in the first place or if someone was with her? So many questions! I wish there had been more details! Ha!
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
27 Jan 07
Well they are motorized vehicle and they do clip along at a pretty good pace, I think it is great that you need a licence to drive one. As for being arrested for it, she is putting people at risk if she is operating it under the influence so good for them.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
21 Jan 07
This is actually funny is a sad sort of way. I didn't know they could do that.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I think them charging her for not having her license on her for driving a motorized shopping cart is really stupid. She wasn't driving a car..
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Oh my God, I am laughing so hard I am about to pee my pants. If this isn't funny enough. My mother and I just returned from Walmart an hour or so ago. My mother was using one of the moterized carts and she's not very good at it..lol She got caught on a rack of clothes and pulled it about 2 feet. Then I unhooked her from that disaster she backed into an old man while leaning forward getting something out of her purse. I told her one more accident and she was probably going to get pulled over for drunk driving. I'm sure you can imagine my laughter when I read your topic...lol That's too funny. Maybe she was followed out to her car or something? I mean really I don't think you need a license to drive one.. at least they've never asked myself or my mother for one.. Too funny.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Actually, I think the failure to have her ID could get her in more trouble than the DUI...'cause I'm not sure they can make a DUI stick. But under the Patriot Act, you have to present ID to a police official if asked for it. I think there must be a lot more to the story if the police charged her with DUI instead of public intoxication, like maybe she was beligerent to police or store officials. Still, it's a great story!!!
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
20 Jan 07
You dont need your license for that because alot of people that use them dont have a license. I think it is kinda funny thou.
@Netsbridge (3243)
• United States
20 Jan 07
As for the intoxication part of it, that is a different issue all together - seeing one can be easily cited for public intoxication. As for the DUI, if some law requires that people have DL in order to operate a store motorized-cart and the store did not make this requirement known to the shoppers, then I think the lady needs to get an attorney to help her go after the store. And as per ID, one can be cited for failure to ID in the USA, regardless of the incident that led to ID being asked.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I suppose it's possible that they might have charged her with DUI because she drove to the store. I am aware of at least one case where someone was charged with DUI for driving his lawn tractor into town and back while intoxicated. It's amazing, the things that people do.
• United States
20 Jan 07
OMG, yes, its amazing. Wonder if he had side-swiped a car or something! We had a man arrested for a PI last year, he was on the highway on a horse.
@CDonohue (379)
• United States
12 Feb 07
what is the world coming to if I can't go to WalMart drunk. LOL But that does suck for that lady. I can understand getting a drunk in public charge but they went a little far on this one.