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Archbold police ticket disabled man for driving scooter on sidewalk

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Archbold police gave a disabled man a ticket for driving his mobility scooter on a sidewalk.

53-year-old Mark Miller says he is stuck at home but plans to fight in court.

He didn’t get into an accident.  He wasn’t speeding.  According to the law director of the village, Miller’s new, nearly $2,000 device simply can’t be used on sidewalks or in streets.

Mark Miller of Archbold can barely walk.  He says he suffers from a neurological disorder and needs a doctor-prescribed scooter to get around.

 "You don't realize what you take for granted until it's gone,” says Patricia Miller, Mark’s wife. “You just go outside on a nice day, get on a bike, go for a walk."

Last week, Mark Miller took his brand new, bigger device out for a ride when Archbold police officers pulled him over on a sidewalk on South Street near Lincoln Street and wrote him a ticket.

"It was depressing that they were forcing me to stay in my house,” says Mark Miller.

 "I never believed they would treat someone like that,” says Patricia Miller.

Mark Hagans, the Law Director for the Village of Archbold tells 13abc, Miller’s new vehicle which can get up to 18 miles per hour is not permissible to operate on sidewalks.  The village threshold is eight.

Hagans says, “It doesn’t matter if he’s going two miles per hour or 32.  It would be like driving a golf cart on the sidewalk.”

"Anywhere a pedestrian could go, a mobility device for the handicapped can go,” says Mark Miller.

Miller plans to fight the ticket.

Miller says he doesn’t go above six miles per hour and the bicycle wheels with shock absorbers makes for a safer, less painful ride.

"With the old scooter, you'd feel every bump, bump, bump on the crack of the sidewalk. The other one, it rides smooth,” says Mark Miller.

Inside his home, Miller has his old scooter but he says it hurts him too much to use outside.

For now, his new one will stay parked in the garage since he can’t use it on a sidewalk or a street.

"It's not licensable, so I can't be on the road,” says Mark Miller. “So, I'm stuck."

“I’m not insensitive to that,” says Hagans.  “Be patient. We have legislation in place locally.  When the state allows it in 2017, that vehicle will be licensed for operation in the street.”

Mark Miller is due in court Tuesday morning for his traffic ticket.

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