LA’s newest form of crime: 1st conviction for ‘scooting’ under the influence

Los Angeles has a new crime: scooting under the influence.


Los Angeles has a new category of crime: scooting under the influence.

Nicholas Kauffroath, 28, was recently a felony conviction for knocking a pedestrian to the ground, while riding a scooter in the West of Los Angeles, authorities said. His alcohol level in his blood was found in 0.279, more than three times the legal limit, City Attorney Mike Feuer told The Los Angeles Times.

Kauffroath conviction is the first with a motorized scooter.

Kauffroath pleaded no contest to one count of operating a motor scooter while under the influence, and a hit-and-run, officials told The Times.

Kauffroath was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $550 fine, authorities said. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim, a three-month DUI program and to refrain from the on scooters while drinking.

Scooters have become all the rage in Southern California since an affordable ride-sharing system came about last year. Riders use the companies’ apps to find scooters, The Times reported, and scan the codes on the handlebar to unlock. Riders are required to certify that they do not drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication.

“Drinking while driving a car, a bike or a scooter is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse,” Feuer said in a statement. “This conviction demonstrates our firm’s ongoing efforts to enforce our drunk driving laws and make our streets and sidewalks safer.”

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor related geopolitical, military, crime, technology, and sports for His e-mail is

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