Man on motorized barstool gets drunk driving charge
Monday, March 30, 2009
By Randy Ludlow
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
NEWARK, Ohio -- Police say a Newark man had one too many for the road when he buzzed down a city street -- aboard a motorized barstool.
Kile Wygle, 28, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while under suspension after police were called March 4 to assist paramedics tending to a wounded man.
Wygle was injured when he attempted to make a U-turn on his motorized barstool and crashed in the street near his home on Kelley Lane, police said.
According to a report by Officer Michael Trotter, Wygle told him that his homemade contraption can hit 38 mph, but that he was only traveling about 20 mph when he wrecked the evening of March 4.
At Licking Memorial Hospital, where Wygle was treated for minor injuries, he chuckled about his barstool and told Trotter that he had "more like 15" beers prior to the wreck. Wygle refused to take a blood-alcohol test.
Wygle has pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial in Newark Municipal Court.
The man's unusual mode of transportation consisted of a metal bar stool with padded seat welded to a frame that also contained a five-horsepower motorcycle engine that operated a chain drive attached to a rear wheel. A lawn mower steering wheel turned the front wheels.