MEDINA, Minn. (WCCO) — A Medina man pulled over for driving a Segway under the influence has beat those charges – again. In fact, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Segways are exempt from DWI laws.READ MORE: Witt Jr. Hits 3 Doubles, Ups Extra-Base Count, KC Tops Twins, 7-3
Last February, police in Medina pulled over Mark Greenman on his way home from a bar. His blood alcohol tested 0.19.
However, the Minnesota court ruled that a Segway is a personal assistive mobility device, which, like a wheel chair or scooter chair that both go under 15 mph, is exempt from DWI law. Bicycles are also exempt.
So, Greenman’s charges were dropped.READ MORE: Fort Snelling Renovations Honor The Land's 10,000-Year History
“This isn’t a vehicle that is meant to be driven on the roads or the highways. It’s mainly for people who are disabled to get around,” said
Attorney Kevin Sieben says the list of motor vehicles you cannot drive is extensive.
“Boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, cars, anything that has a motor and moves essentially,” said Sieben.MORE NEWS: Randolph Memorial Event For 6-Year-Old Eli Hart Aims To ‘Start The Healing'
Even though Segways, wheelchairs and bicycles are not covered under DWI law, you can face other charges if you operate them while drunk, including public intoxication or careless driving.