Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

MilesTones • Soused Senior’s Wheelchair Chase Injures Policeman

Is drunken wheelchair driving the newest social problem in Germany? According to The Local News of Germany, police saw a motorized wheelchair driving down the street, and came up behind the driver to see how he was doing that fine day. The tipsy man in the wheelchair figured the jig was up and hit the throttle to full speed, which, for a wheelchair, is 25 kilometers per hour, leading the police on a merry chase through Bielefeld.

The wheelchair made a sharp turn, and sped down a sidewalk. One officer in the patrol car got out and started to pursue him by foot. He managed to catch up to the wheelchair but stumbled and crashed down on the sidewalk.  According to police spokesman, Martin Schultz, the fall caued a few scrapes and bruises, as well as a few laughs from the cop’s colleagues.

The two officers in the pursuit finally caught up with the drunk at his home. He went with them to the station for a blood alcohol test. The man, who police did not name, admitted that “he had had a few to drink that day.” After being tested he was allowed to go back home but ordered to stay out of his wheelchair.

The only question from MilesTones is; Just what is the speed limit for a wheelchair these days?  Anyway, a toast to allergy sufferers; Here’s Looking Atchoo!

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