TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – The Michigan appeals court has reinstated charges against a man who admits he was drunk while riding a four-wheel electric scooter that can go only 4 mph.

The issue for the court was whether the scooter qualifies as a vehicle under state law. In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, the court says William Lyon can be prosecuted because he took the scooter onto a public road.

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The court says Lyon, who is disabled, must follow the “rules of the road.”

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He admits he was drunk and had an open can of beer when police stopped him on a Traverse City road.

Lyon was charged with a third offense of driving drunk.

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