Electric Moped Considered Motor Vehicle in Oregon DUI Case

Oregon man told he can't use electric moped while his motor vehicle license is under suspension for DUI violations.

Published: 26-Jun-2011

SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield Municipal Judge James Strickland doesn’t know exactly what to call the two-wheeled vehicle that Paul McClain has been riding around town lately.

But he ruled Wednesday that it’s not an electric bicycle — which means McClain’s contention that state law permits him to ride the “conveyance” (Strickland’s term) while his driver’s license is suspended has become an irrelevant point in what initially appeared to be a potentially precedent-setting case in Oregon.

Strickland issued a written opinion to explain why he found McClain guilty of driving with a suspended license while riding a motorized two-wheeler along a Springfield street.

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