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Marcus Earl Degraphenreed arrested along Indiana I-135 while driving small motorized scooter

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GREENWOOD, IN (USATODAY.com) - An Indianapolis man was pulled over Thursday while he was cruising along Indiana 135 near here.

The only problem - well, there were several - was that he was driving a small motorized shopping scooter that other motorists could barely see, police said.

And he was northbound in the southbound lanes.

At 3:49 a.m. EST.

Plus, the scooter did not belong to him but was the property of a 24-hour Walmart more than 4 miles away, police said.

Yet another problem: When police stopped the scooter, they noticed its operator - Marcus Earl Degraphenreed, 27 - had glassy eyes and seemed to be disoriented. Degraphenreed failed field sobriety tests, a police report said.

Now, some companies do market low-powered electric scooters and electric bikes that don't require a driver's license to people who have lost their licenses because of drunk-driving convictions. But you still can't drink or take drugs and drive, even a bicycle in some states.

When a Johnson County sheriff's deputy saw an "in-store use only" sign on the scooter that disabled customers normally pilot, he asked Degraphenreed where he got it. The man replied simply that he found it, according to the police report.

Degraphenreed didn't specify where.

Police arrested the man on preliminary charges of theft and driving under the influence. He was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for a blood test, and the motorized scooter was returned to the Walmart store.

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