PALM BAY (WOFL) - A 54-year-old Florida man has been arrested for a DUI, but not the kind we're used to hearing about.
Police in Palm Bay say Ronny Hicks was behind the wheel of his motorized wheelchair when they responded to calls about a man driving erratically and blocking people near a pedestrian bridge.
According to the arrest report, the 54-year-old appeared highly intoxicated. His speech was slurred speech and he was acting confused.
During his first appearance before a judge Tuesday, the state attorney recommended the maximum $5,000 bond because it was allegedly Hicks' third DUI in 10 years. But at first, the judge felt that amount was too high for a DUI in a motorized wheelchair.
"I can't say I would look at it the same for purposes of a bond when it's a motorized wheelchair rather than an automobile," she offered.
But after allowing the state to speak confidentially with medical staff regarding Hicks' need for a wheelchair, the judge approved the $5,000 bond.