Man accused of driving motorized wheelchair drunk - Fox 2 News Headlines

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>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

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