Moped driver cited for DWI, injured in crash

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Submitted: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 6:13pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A moped driver is in the hospital and charged with drunk driving after a crash last night.

Wilmington Police say a concerned citizen called 911 around 11 p.m. about a single vehicle crash at Market St. and N. College Rd. When officers arrived, they found John Peter Thompson unresponsive on the ground. They say he had slipped head first off his moped.

Thompson was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

After investigating, police cited him for DWI and reckless driving.

Court records show Thompson does not have any previous charges in New Hanover County.


  • Guest2020 says:

    What do you suggest for the ones who are trying to get their lives together and need the moped to get to work? Shall we just kick their legs out from under them and keep them down?

  • Guest7969 says:

    things NEED to be registered to be on the road. The drunks are using them to skirt having their license taken away!

  • Guest3130 says:

    Ask any other driver in Wilmington – mopeds cannot keep up with the local speed limits and they hold up traffic, putting themselves and all others on the road at risk. I would be willing to bet that a high percentage of moped drivers are those who have lost their driving privilege – but because they are not required to be licensed, registered or insured, it’s a great alternative to dodge the consequences of why they lost their driving privilege in the first place. They’re a menace – if they lost their licenses due to DWI (or any other infraction), they should NOT be able to be on the roads on a moped.

  • guesty says:

    Only the idiot was hurt, no innocent people.

  • WX_Guy says:

    DWI on a liquor-cycle?

  • John says:

    When is NC. going to wake up and change these dumb stupid moped laws. They should fall under the same regulations as motorcycles, golfcarts and motorvehicles. And to put a punch in the DWI Regulations, convicted of a DWI the vehicle you were driving is confuscated and sold at public auction (reguardless of the ownership of the vehicle). Brunswick Co. needs to really start enforcing all the traffic laws also, screw this crap I keep hearing ( we dont want to piss off the tourist ).

    Retired Lawenforcement Officer
    John D. Lapcevich

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    We have dealers selling scooters that are illegal, i.e., More than 50cc, faster than 30mph on level grade and non-shiftable transmissions.

    Here is a PUBLIC WARNING! If and/or when you are involved in a scooter accident, have the officer investigate (and/or do it yourself) to insure it is indeed a scooter! Anything other than the criteria described above is discovered, that “moped” is a “motorcycle” and has to have full validation of license, tags, inspection and insurance.

    Tips: Watching scooters exceed the 30 mph rule, easy to detect except for officers, they’re too busy texting.

    150cc “Markings” changed to 50cc. Is a bell ringing yet? Check and verify engine casing markings! There are many other ways to confirm this important fact!

    Beefed up engines as indicated by actual speed observed.

    Discover “WHERE” the scooter was purchased and have an investigation performed, most important! They can and and will be held liable! Always keep in mind that scooter operators have ZERO insurance.
    Their damage to your vehicle will NOT be compensated to you!

    Those that are strong and survive, get fed. Those that cheat are like hogs, they get slaughtered.

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