A man was recently charged with driving under the influence in a kids’ Power Wheels Jeep when he was pulled over by Indiana State Police.
That’s right. Indiana State Police.
According to the police report, last week at approximately 9:00 pm, Indiana State Trooper Buchanan “observed a male operating a Power Wheels Jeep in the roadway” in Vincennes, Indiana.
Buchanan stated that the “the vehicle had no lights or reflectors and was difficult to see.”
The 51-year-old driver also “displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests.”
Further testing at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes determined that the Power Wheels driver was under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana.
He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a Level 6 felony.
After the report of the arrest was shared on Facebook, it lead to numerous of entertaining and quizzical comments.
“Could this really be construed as operating while impaired?” one person asked. “It’s a children’s toy, and though he shouldn’t be operating it on the roadway, it’s not a registered vehicle and MAYBE goes 4 mph top speed.”
“I saw him at the McDonald’s drive through a few weeks ago,” read another comment.
Another person posted what she claimed was actual video proof from February that he drives the Power Wheels Jeep all over town.
“At least it wasn’t a high speed chase….or was it?” someone else questioned.
“This will make world news,” another correctly assumed.
Interestingly, back in 2015, basically the exact opposite thing happened.
In that case, a Texas State student drove her Barbie Jeep all over campus after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated in an actual car.