Cocaine fuelled e-scooter rider caught travelling along dark A-Road in Oxford with no insurance

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Thames Valley Police have arrested the rider of an electric scooter after they received reports that one had been seen travelling along an A-Road in Oxford.

Officers from the force's Roads Policing Unit were called to investigate the reports during the early morning of 6 March.

Upon catching up to the e-scooter, they completed a roadside drugs test on the rider and the results came back positive for Class-A drug cocaine.

The officers arrested the rider and seized the scooter. The rider was also charged with operating a motorised vehicle without insurance.

Thames Valley Police said via their official Twitter account @tvprp: "At 06:15 when we thought our shift was coming to an end, we were called to reports of an electric scooter being ridden along the A34 by Oxford!

"Scooter located, seized - no insurance, rider failed drugs wipe with positive for cocaine and arrested."

Electric scooters are currently not permitted to be used on public roads, unless they are ones rented through an authorised rental firm.

New legislation has allowed companies and local authorities to start a 12-month trial, offering road-legal e-scooters for hire.

There are some strict rules applied to the hire service, such as a person must be 16 years of age or over, and hold a valid provisional driving licence. Helmets are not mandatory but are recommended.

A £300 fixed penalty notice, as well as 6 penalty points can be issued to anyone caught breaking the law.

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