Man In Stolen Wheelchair Is Arrested For His Seventh DUI In Michigan
Utica, Michigan police had an interesting arrest to report on May 27. The officers responded to a call of an assault at an assisted living complex, when they found out that the victim, James Konkel, had his motorized wheelchair stolen after a heated argument with the suspect.
The police did not find both men on the scene though. When they arrived, they found 55 year old Raymond Kulma driving the motorized wheelchair down the street.
The victim left his wheelchair outside because he did not believe that anyone would steal it. The victim told police that Kulma was living in the assisted living complex. Kulma was staying with his brother. When Konkel was attempting to leave the complex, Kulma began using derogatory language and calling him names. Konkel also claimed that Kulma threw a punch, so he returned the gesture. The victim states he then left the scene, and that’s when police found Kulma driving down the road in the wheelchair.
When stopped by police, Kulma appeared to be seriously intoxicated. Utica police performed a number of field sobriety tests, in which Kulma failed every one of them. He was made to perform a breathalyzer test, in which the result showed that Kulma had a blood alcohol level of .241, which is three time the legal limit.
Kulma was charged with DUI. The wheelchair was returned to Konkel, who chose not to press charges against Kulma.
Watch the dash cam video from the Utica Police uncut, of the stop of Kulma and subsequent field sobriety tests.