WITH ITS two small wheels supporting a rider standing upright and gripping a long handle, a Segway looks like it requires a superhuman sense of balance, but Norwegian police have arrested a person they suspected of being drunk while riding one.
The rider was spotted struggling to balance on his Segway in a smart restaurant area of central Oslo. Witnesses reported him to the police as he trundled by, clearly in some difficulty.
If the police’s suspicions are correct, the unnamed man would have the singular distinction of being the first person they have arrested for being drunk in charge of a Segway since Norway lifted a national ban on the two-wheelers one month ago.
His behaviour has alarmed Erik Groenliven, the head of Oslo traffic police. He said: “I really hope we’re not risking having lots of drink-drivers on two-wheeled vehicles. These are treated like any other vehicle when it comes to the limit on blood alcohol.”