Driver of scooter that crashed into Kansas City police SUV says he ‘just got excited’

A 47-year-old man was arrested Thursday for suspected driving under influence of alcohol after he crashed the electric Bird scooter he was riding into a Kansas City police patrol car.

The crash happened about 9:45 p.m. at 14th and Main streets.

A police department sergeant was eastbound on 14th Street when he noticed a man on an electric scooter driving erratically on the sidewalk. The sergeant reported hearing a “thud” and assumed he ran over something, Kansas City police said.

The sergeant pulled over and saw a man sitting on the ground next to an overturned scooter. The man was bleeding from a cut on his face.

The man told the officer he had consumed four beers over a two-hour period at a downtown bar. The man said he “just got excited” and ran into the police SUV.

The sergeant was unharmed.

The scooter driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

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Glenn E. Rice covers crime, courts and breaking news for The Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 1988. Rice is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Central Missouri.