Man accused of driving motorized wheelchair drunk - FOX 13 News

Man accused of driving motorized wheelchair drunk

Posted: Updated:
Raymond Kulma Raymond Kulma
UTICA, Mich. (WJBK) -

It was anything but a routine traffic stop.  Utica Police got a report of a man who allegedly stole a motorized wheelchair from a senior living complex.

Dash cam video shows police stopping him in a wheelchair about a quarter of a mile down the road.  When police questioned 55-year-old Raymond Kulma, he denied stealing it.

That would be the least of his problems.  Kulma is now charged with driving the wheelchair while drunk.

Police say Kulma and a friend got into a fight.  He says he was punched. 

Kulma, police say, got into the man's wheelchair and took off.

The Utica police chief says this is a warning to anyone in a motorized vehicle.  If you happen to be driving one and you're drunk, you could end up behind bars.

For Kulma, this wasn't his first time in jail for something like this.

"He's got six prior drunk driving offenses, so this will be his seventh offense," said Chief Dave Faber, who added all the other incidents were in a car.

Kulma is facing charges of operating while intoxicated, and because he has been down this road before with other arrests, he faces the possibility of a five year felony.

Even though Utica Police say Kulma stole that wheelchair away from his friend, they say they're not going to be pressing any charges because his friend decided he didn't want to.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:01:55 GMT
    The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved is set to begin today.

    The trial to determine whether bankrupt Detroit's restructuring plan will be approved is set to begin today. Follow live Tweets from the courtroom here. >>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices