FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A 63-year-old man was
pulled over and arrested for allegedly driving a motorized shopping cart while
under the influence of alcohol. A grocery store employee called police
after seeing the suspect, Merrill Moses, drive into parking lot traffic. When
an officer arrived at the scene, an employee was holding onto the cart so that
Moses could not escape.
A preliminary test came back showing
the suspect’s breath-alcohol at about four times the legal limit.
In addition to DUI, Moses was charged
with shoplifting and refusing to take an official sobriety test. His
basket contained unpaid
items including chocolate
chip cookies and Betty Crocker cake mix.
According to the News-Miner, the suspect has a long criminal record including a
previous DUI conviction, as well as convictions for domestic assault, drinking
in public, open container, criminal trespass and theft.
Moses has apparently driven motorized
shopping carts while intoxicated numerous times in the past and would attempt
to run over any employee who tried to stop him.
speed of a motorized shopping cart is roughly 5 mph.