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Clayton man arrested for DWI on mo-ped

Posted October 10, 2010

A Clayton man faces his fourth charge of driving while impaired after an arrest Saturday night.

Wake County deputies pulled over Eric Fitzpatrick Scarborough, 37, on Poole Road after they observed him driving his mo-ped erratically, according to the warrant for his arrest.

Scarborough, of 332 W. Second St., had his license been revoked because he had DWI convictions from August 2006, July 2007 and May 2010, according to court documents.

Officers wrote that Scarborough was "swerving dangerously" and that he had "red, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol."

Scarborough refused a breath test and was taken into custody. He is charged with habitual impaired driving.


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  • braddavis Oct 15, 2010

    ngsolider13p, glad you got the "drunken bicyclist" out of harms way!!! Maybe you can come to my neighborhood and charge the children on bikes with riding left of center.

  • ngsoldier13p Oct 12, 2010

    braddavis, I'm not a "former" LEO, I am a current one, and I'm telling you that you can charge someone for DWI on a bicycle. Excerpt from NCGS 20-4.01(49), definition of "Vehicle": "for the purposes of this Chapter bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle". NCGS 20-138.1 (DWI): "20‑138.1. Impaired driving.
    (a)Offense. – A person commits the offense of impaired driving if he drives ANY VEHICLE upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within this State:
    (1)While under the influence of an impairing substance; or
    (2)After having consumed sufficient alcohol that he has, at any relevant time after the driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. The results of a chemical analysis shall be deemed sufficient evidence to prove a person's alcohol concentration; or (3)With any amount of a Schedule I controlled substance in their blood or urine.

  • braddavis Oct 12, 2010

    bulldoezr, I respect your honesty!

  • braddavis Oct 12, 2010

    ngsoldier, I'm not up for arguing, but it is not possible to charge someone with DWI on a bicycle.....I'm former LEO as well....

  • bulldoezr Oct 11, 2010

    Wow, you think these people are worthless? It's a terrible thing, shouldn't be done, but worthless? I'm glad he got caught too, but I would say he is powerless against his addiction and not worthless to society. Try and remember this is someones son and he simply needs help.

  • terribletaste Oct 11, 2010

    I'm glad they caught this guy.

  • terribletaste Oct 11, 2010

    Moped's should need license and registration and Insurance, sure, it won't stop someone from driving while impaired but maybe it'll stop these worthless people from driving around on them.

  • bulldoezr Oct 11, 2010

    I only prey this man gets help like I did. I have been in trouble in the past for drinking and driving. I never had intentions of driving when I started drinking. After being seriously intoxicated I would lose my ability to make good decisions and drive. I was even in a wreck where someone was injured. The law did it's job and punished me. I did jail time along with huge fines and community service each time. What you have to remember, you don't need a license to drive, you only need a set of keys. It wasn't until I asked for help, that I no longer was a danger on the road. This man, like almost anyone who has ever had a DUI has a problem with drinking. What I learned in treatment is that there are usually several things going on with us that enable us to abuse drugs and alcohol. Without treating these problems, death or prison are the places you will likely end up. Let's not bash the heck out of this guy, instead lets open some doors. Help is available.

  • SailbadTheSinner Oct 11, 2010

    "They are really dangerous on the highways."

    True, so true ....

    But, they're dangerous only to the person driving them.

    It's a very fine form of Natural Selection, I'm a-thinking ....


  • wildcat Oct 11, 2010

    Mopeds should not be allowed on the highways without a license,