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Man Convicted of DUI While Riding Bicycle

I couldn’t help but notice an interesting tidbit in this Centre Daily Times cops brief yesterday.

According to the story, Frank Aritz Jr. of State College was found guilty for riding his bicycle in downtown State College with a .162 BAC level. Aritz was spotted by police riding his bike without a headlamp on East Beaver Ave. and on the South Allen St. bike route, per the CDT.

According to prosecutors, Aritz’s reaction when he was pulled over was, “It’s a fucking bike!”

Unfortunately for Aritz, bicycles are treated the same as automobiles when it comes to DUI laws in Pennsylvania. It’s an important law to know if you think riding a bicycle is a safe alternative to get home after a night of drinking.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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