Bicyclists Arrested for Riding Under the Influence
Five bicyclists learned early this morning there is such a think as the crime of drunk riding as they cruised through Baldwin Hills among a group of 15 riders, and wound up being arrested on suspicion of riding under the influence, according to LA Now.The group of riders were going "the wrong way down La Cienega Boulevard at Stocker Street about 1:30 a.m. when one hit a center divider, prompting officers to suspect alcohol was involved," the California Highway Patrol told the media. Their officers, in the area in response to a call about "a collision between a bike and a car," conducted field sobriety tests on the riders, and determined five were suspect for intoxication, and placed them under arrest.
The arrest report indicates that "none of the cyclists wore helmets and few had reflectors on their bikes or clothing," which posed a risk to them and motorists because they were hard to see. The five arrested riders, all between 18-22, were issued citations and released. "In California, anyone who rides a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be charged as such," notes the Daily Breeze.