Man Charged With DUI For Driving Shopping Cart

An Alaska man was arrested for driving a motorized shopping cart while drunk and stealing cookies and cake mix.

A grocery store worker contacted the police after seeing Merrill K. Moses drive his shopping cart into parking lot traffic. The employee was worried Moses would run into a car.

Another employee told the police that this isn’t the first time Moses drove a motorized shopping cart drunk. The employee said that the 63-year-old has even attempted to run over employees who tried to stop him.

“When an officer arrived, a store employee was holding onto the handlebars of the cart to keep the suspect from driving any further,” Sgt. Bruce Barnette at the Fairbanks Police Department said.

According to Barnette, Moses wasn’t able to stand up by himself at the grocery store. His breath alcohol content was measured at 0.31, which is almost four times the legal limit.

In addition to drunk driving, Moses was charged with shoplifting because his cart contained items he didn’t pay for. Moses has been in trouble with the law before and has convictions for drinking in public, theft, criminal trespass, and domestic assault.

Moses isn’t the only person who has been accused of driving a motorized shopping cart while under the influence. In February, a Florida man was arrested for driving a motorized shopping cart in Walmart while drunk.

Timothy Carr was spotted driving the shopping cart and knocking down items off the shelves. The 48-year-old apparently even took alcohol beverages off the shelf and started drinking them.

When the police came, Carr told them that he was homeless and didn’t have the money to pay for the alcohol. He was charged with disorderly intoxication and shoplifting.

Do you think Moses should receive a harsh punishment for driving a motorized shopping cart while under the influence?

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