Video: Ind. man arrested for driving toy car while under the influence
The battery-powered Power Wheels Jeep has a top speed of 5 mph and no lights
By David Matthews
New York Daily News
VINCENNES, Ind. — An Indiana man was arrested for driving a Power Wheels Jeep while under the influence.
An Indiana State Police trooper was patrolling in Vincennes in southwestern Indiana near the Illinois border when they saw someone driving a battery-powered Power Wheels Jeep with no lights or reflectors. The report added that the toy car — which has a top speed of 5 mph — was difficult to see.
The trooper stopped the vehicle, after which the driver of the children’s toy was identified as 51-year-old John McKee, according to WTWO. No further information about the vehicle or how McKee came into possession of the small truck was released.
Power Wheels Jeeps are recommended for ages 3-7 and have a 130-pound weight limit, according to Mattel.
McKee showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests, state police said. Later testing at a local hospital revealed McKee was under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana.
He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A state police spokesperson told WTOW that McKee was previously convicted for operating a vehicle while impaired.
McKee is not alone in getting pulled over while driving their Power Wheels.
A South Carolina woman was pulled over while piloting one and arrested for public intoxication in 2019.
Several years earlier, a Texas State University student, who had her license suspended after getting arrested for DWI, went viral for driving a pink Barbie Jeep around campus.