LAPORTE COUNTY | A man driving a moped was arrested and charged with drunken driving after stopping to ask for directions at the home of an off-duty police officer.
Troy White, 32, of North Liberty, was charged Wednesday in LaPorte Superior Court 3 with operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
LaPorte County police were called Monday night by a resident who reported a strange man had knocked at his door and was stumbling in his front yard in the area of LaPorte County Roads 600 East and 200 North.
The man, later identified as White, left on his moped but was followed by the resident until he stopped to flag down passing motorists, police said.
Police said White stopped in the driveway of LaPorte police Officer Tom Owens, who quickly detected a strong odor of alcohol on White.
Police said White appeared disoriented and explained he had driven from North Liberty to visit his girlfriend but got lost and was trying to get directions.
According to police, he was also in possession of a plastic baggy containing just over 5 grams of marijuana along with a metal pipe containing suspected marijuana residue.
LaPorte County Police Maj. John Boyd said drivers of mopeds are subject to the same laws governing drunken driving as drivers of motor vehicles.
Even drivers of vehicles such as go-carts can even be arrested if they exceed Indiana's .08-percent legal blood alcohol limit even on private property, he said.
"It's a motor vehicle so they're subject to the same traffic laws," said Boyd.