Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Man Charged With DUI, But Never Left Bar Stool

Well, actually he did leave the bar stool when he crashed it. You could say this is a man really dedicated to his drinking.
Police say that Kile Wygle, 28, had one too many before wheeling his homemade oddity around the neighborhood on March 4.

Wygle was charged with driving the bar stool while under the influence of alcohol and driving while under suspension. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and asked for a jury trial. No court date has been set.

According to a report by Officer Michael Trotter, Wygle told him that his bar stool can reach a speed of 38 mph but that he was traveling only about 20 mph when he wrecked.

At Licking Memorial Hospital, where Wygle was treated for minor injuries, he chuckled about his bar stool. Wygle told Trotter that he'd had about 15 beers before the wreck. The man refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

When Trotter informed Wygle that he was investigating a traffic crash, Wygle reportedly replied that he wasn't driving a vehicle -- he was driving a bar stool.

The man's ride consisted of a bar stool with a padded seat welded to a frame that also contained a 5-horsepower motorcycle engine that operated a chain drive attached to a rear wheel. A lawnmower steering wheel turned the front wheels.
Apparently motorized bar stools are quite popular in some parts of the country. Maybe I have to get around more, but I can't say I've ever seen one.
Bar-stool racing appears to be popular in Wisconsin and some other parts of the country, and motorized bar stools are available for purchase online.
Perhaps they should also have designated bar stool drivers.

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