Drunk e-scooter rider caught riding home on motorway after night out

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Watch: E-scooter rider stopped riding along Birmingham motorway

A drunken e-scooter rider was stopped by police on the motorway while trying to get home after a night out.

Footage showed the man travelling in the middle of the A38 Aston Express, Birmingham, in the early hours of Sunday.

He was also seen walking the scooter along the middle of the seven-lane carriageway at one point as cars and buses sped past at 50mph.

Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) officers stopped the man and reported him to the relevant authorities.

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The man rode his e-scooter along the middle of the A38 Aston Express in Birmingham. (CMPG/SWNS)
The man rode his e-scooter along the middle of the A38 Aston Express in Birmingham. (CMPG/SWNS)
The man rode his e-scooter alongside a bus. (CPMG/SWNS)
The man rode his e-scooter alongside a bus. (CPMG/SWNS)

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The force posted the footage on Twitter as a warning to the public, writing: “We are huge advocates of #modalshift (away from cars) and #ActiveTravel here at CMPG.

“But scooters and the like should never be on the network.

“This intoxicated male on the A38M on Sunday morning was stopped and reported after he found a novel but very dangerous way to get home after a night in Brum.”

Private e-scooters can only legally be used in the UK on private land but are common on roads and pavements.

West Midlands Police said earlier this year it had seized 106 e-scooters between January and June, and a further 14 more in Birmingham city centre during a one-day crackdown.

Voi e-scooters being trialled in Birmingham, Coventry and Sandwell are legal on cycleways and roads, but not motorways.

In June, West Yorkshire Police released video footage of a male on a private e-scooter attempting to join the M606 motorway in Bradford at 15mph.

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