BWI: Bicyclist Charged With Drunk Driving

A bicyclist has been charged with drunk driving after being hit by a car Sunday night in Onslow County.

Robert Peterson of Richard Riggs Road was arrested by state troopers after they say he admitted to have been drinking alcohol Peterson was on his bike around 6:30 p.m. on the Belgrade-Swansboro Road when a car hit him from behind.

The man was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital where the Highway Patrol says he was treated for minor injuries. We don't know what Peterson's blood-alcohol content is as troopers say blood was drawn and they don't have those results yet.

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  • by JC on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    I personally have no problem with a person BUI..
  • by 2ndstpirate Location: 2nd street on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    This is ridiculous. I much rather know that a drunk is riding a bicycle or walking than driving a car! When is the last time any of you ever heard about a drunk killing innocent people while riding a bicycle or walking? Hopefully a BWI is not the same as a motor vehicle DUI. (I know, I know... all of law guys now are going to say the law is the law, but thankfully, I am one tax paying voter who critically analyzes situations)
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      by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:21 AM in reply to 2ndstpirate
      Ok, so he is on the road and swerves out in the middle of the road causing another car to go into the other lane and kills someone. Then I guess that is ridiculous. And yes the law is the law.
  • by TN Location: Beulaville on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    If we just just had the commenters on this story run for political office, all our country's problems would be solved. Here's the news tip of the day: if you're drinking (fine, or smoking cigarettes), just stay in your house.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 24, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    He was intoxicated; that has been determined. Addressing the other posts about cigarettes, etc...consider what daily ingestion of food preservatives, colorings, animals fed junk, injected with antibiotics and steroids, then slaughtered and processed inhumanely, in less than sterile conditions, chemicals in your water (unless you use purifiers)...there is a whole bunch of human toxins coming from many different directions. If he hadn't had the mishap, he'd never have been caught 'drinking and cycling'.
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      by ? on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:28 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      huh.... do you comment on everything? Don't you have some sort to job
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:40 PM in reply to ?
        ...retired...and your excuse is??
  • by Unknown Location: warsaw on Oct 24, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    at least i don't have to go to court and pay fines if i get in accident on a bicycle. I cant hurt no one except my self
  • by Anonymous Location: Bertie on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    Just to remind most of you who have commented on this story already, anyone riding a bicycle on the road is suppose to be riding against traffic, not with the traffic. So whether he was drunk or not, he is still at fault because he was breaking the law. The drink just happen to make it worse. And talk about embarrassing, he will now be known as the guy who was drinking and cycling.
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      by Billyjoejimbob on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:23 PM in reply to
      You are 100% wrong. You ride a bicycle with traffic, you walk against traffic. Know the facts before you post.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to Billyjoejimbob
        Yep; exactly right.
  • by April Bland Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Ok lwts make it clear..the point i was making was that a person can smoke 6 cigerettes and there ability 2 drive isnt impaired but that same person can drink 6 beers and be intoxicated!! Im not saying that cigerretes shouldnt be adressed but there are other things that need adressed as well that kill inocent people..DONT just focus on one thing when theres other things to worry about as well..they wabt tax or focus on alcohol bcuz they drinking it while passing bills and raising taxes on other things..TRUTH HURTS!!
  • by April Bland Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Ok..first of all smoking is a cause of death but u never hear of a family of so&so killed by smoking driver..its always by a drunken not undersating that cigerettes shouldnt be adressed but alcohol affects your ability and cigerettes dont!! A person can smoke 6 cigerettes and there ability 2 drive iant impared but if that same person drinks 6 beers they are intoxicated..thats the point im making!!
  • by It'd Be Funny If.... on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    The drunk bicyclist was hit by a drunk driver, then the Duplin county drunk cop arrived at the scene.
  • by April Bland Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    How many more people have 2 get hurt or killed bfor laws r passed and taxes get higher like on cigerettes? You NEVER hear of a person hurt or killed while smoking do you?? I mean congress needs 2 focus on important issues instead of pedy things!! The thing is they want raise alcohol bcuz they have 2 buy it and they drink it while raising taxes on cigeretts and other minor things!!
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      by Annabelle on Oct 24, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to April Bland
      April, you really think cigarettes are minor?? Do you not realize that they cause lung cancer & that smoking is one of the top leading causes of death? I hear of people getting hurt and killed from smoking cigarettes all the time. Plus I can't even count how many times I've seen drivers distracted because they are too busy smoking. It is just as dangerous as drinking, and if you don't want to pay the high taxes, don't smoke.
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