Associated Press, Published July 13 2012
ND Supreme Court rules bicyclist can be prosecuted for drunken drivingBISMARCK — A bicyclist who said he was drunk when he crashed into a pickup lost his argument that he couldn't be prosecuted for drunken driving.
North Dakota's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a bicycle counts as a vehicle when it comes to enforcing laws against driving under the influence.
Matthew Johnston of Lincoln was arrested last August after he plowed his bike into a pickup.
He told police he drank a liter of vodka, then went to a Lincoln bar and drank "a lot" of beer.
Johnston pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, with the understanding he would appeal his conviction.
His lawyer said that since a bicycle moves under human power, it isn't considered a vehicle. The argument lost.
Lincoln is a Burleigh County town just southeast of Bismarck.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.