LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a conviction against a 28-year old man for knocking over a 64-year old pedestrian with a bird scooter on the sidewalk in West Los Angeles while being intoxicated at over three times the legal limit.
"Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike—or a scooter—is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse," said Feuer. "This conviction demonstrates our office’s continued effort to enforce our drunk driving laws and make our streets and sidewalks safer."
Nicholas Kauffroath pled no contest to one count of operating a motorized scooter while under the influence and one count of hit-and-run. The defendant was placed on 36 months of probation, ordered to pay a $550 fine, and required to complete a three-month DUI alcohol program. Kauffroath was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim and instructed not to operate a motorized scooter with any alcohol in his system.
On August 4, 2018 Kauffroath was intoxicated while operating a Bird electric scooter on the sidewalk near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Sawtelle in West Los Angeles when he struck a 64-year old pedestrian who was leaving a nearby theater. The victim fell to the ground upon impact and suffered a knee abrasion. Kauffroath failed to stop or render aid to the victim, instead continuing down the street to a nearby apartment building. Authorities were alerted to the incident and Kaufforath was taken into custody, where his blood alcohol level was measured at .279, more than three times the legal limit.
The prosecution of Kauffroath was the first motorized scooter DUI incident charged in Los Angeles.
Deputy City Attorney Michelle DeCasas successfully prosecuted the case.