Court: Bike drunk in Oregon - and lose license to drive

Court: Bike drunk in Oregon - and lose license to drive
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A drunken driving citation for riding a bicycle while intoxicated still counts toward a "three strikes" rule on driver's license revocation.

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday the state could revoke the license of a Deschutes County man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants on a bike in 2008.

The court rejected arguments by Franklin Abbey that a bicycling-based conviction did not count for one of the three convictions needed for permanent revocation because a driver's license is not required to operate a bicycle.

The court also rejected a variety of constitutional challenges that Abbey raised, including his argument the revocation denied him equal privileges as a driver.

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