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‘Walking a scooter while drunk is a crime’: court

Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) has ruled that a teenager in Ulricehamn, in the south west of Sweden, is guilty of drunk driving after pedalling his scooter forward with his feet while inebriated.

'Walking a scooter while drunk is a crime': court

It was in 2009 that the boy decided to go for a scooter ride after polishing off a bottle of tequila, but failed to start the engine.

Instead, he decided to pedal it forward with his feet but gave up after a few metres where he subsequently fell off.

Police breathalyser tests showed his alcohol blood levels to be seven times the legal limit. He was later charged with drunken driving.

While the Borås district court acquitted the boy, the Court of Appeal (Hovrätten) later convicted him.

Behind the different rulings was an old Supreme Court ruling from 1958 where a person was charged with drunken driving after going for an inebriated ride on a moped with a faulty engine.

Taking a ride on a broken moped while under the influence was deemed the same as going for a bicycle ride, and led to a Supreme Court acquittal.

While the district court referred to the old ruling as a precedent, the Court of Appeal ruled that scooters of today could not be compared to a 1958 moped.

Therefore the court saw no other choice but to convict the boy of drunken driving.

The Supreme Court also found for the prosecution when the case was heaed in the highest instance following an appeal by the boy’s lawyer.

“Unlike the current case, the previous one concerned a moped with a faulty engine that could also be pedalled,” the ruling read.

The court found that the scooter in question had retained its status as a ‘motor driven vehicle’ and that the boy therefore must be charged with drunken driving.

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MEDICAL

Woman dies hours after ambulance no-show

A hospital has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after it chose against sending an ambulance to a woman with breathing problems who died hours later from blood clotting to her lungs.

Woman dies hours after ambulance no-show

Emergency workers from the Södra Älvsborg Hospital in southern Sweden suspected the patient, who was in her forties, was simply suffering from stomach flu when she called complaining of breathing problems, diarrhoea, and fever.

They chose against picking her up, advising the woman to stay at home, where she died several hours later, shortly after another ambulance arrived.

The coroner’s report showed that the woman died from blood clotting to her lungs, according to the Borås Tidning newspaper, something the nurses couldn’t have known from the woman’s own evaluation.

“It’s a tricky case, very unusual,” Jerker Isacson, chief of medicine at the hospital, told the paper.

The incident occurred earlier in the year when winter flu was in full force, and the emergency workers were overloaded with call outs.

The hospital itself has now reported the incident to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) in accordance with Sweden’s Lex-Maria laws, the informal name for regulations governing the reporting of injuries and incidents in the healthcare system.

“We want it to be evaluated and to investigate ourself how the paramedics acted the first time. We don’t know if it was the right judgment when they were there. The nurses made no obvious mistakes or errors,” Isacson said.

“The patient had good information but we want to be as sure as possible that something similar will not happen again.”

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