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Wheelchair-Bound Man Found Guilty

A Garrard County judge handed down a guilty verdict on Monday for a man, charged with reckless driving in his wheelchair.

Ohmer Portwood was cited for driving his power chair in the road. He says he has no choice but to hit the road, because there was no sidewalk for him to use.

District Judge Bill Oliver ruled Portwood was guilty to an amended charge of breaking the pedestrian code.

Portwood was sentenced to pay a $20 fine and court costs and was ordered to not drive his chair in the street any more.

Portwood says he plans to sue the city of Lancaster in federal court to make sure they bring sidewalks and streets up to code in accordance with Americans With Disabilities Act.


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