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Boozy cyclist slapped with 15-year bike ban

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A university student has been banned from riding his bike for a whopping 15 years after police caught him pedalling blind drunk through the streets of his home town of Gießen, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Christopher Hahn, 24, blew 0.17 percent blood alcohol – or 1.7 promille, more than three times the legal driving limit – after he attracted the attention of a police patrol while riding home from a party early one morning in June 2008.

Hahn was initially fined €500 by the district office of Gießen, in the state of Hesse. But the road traffic licensing department office in his town subsequently demanded he undergo a medical and psychological examination, which would have cost the student at least another €500.

When Hahn refused, he got a letter from the office telling him: “You are no longer entitled to ride any leg-powered vehicle on public streets.”

The letter went on to explain the ruling applied for 15 years. If Hahn wants to ride his bike before 2024, he must pay €25 each time, the ruling states.

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Oddly enough, he is still permitted to ride a horse, the paper reported, though this is unlikely as he suffers an allergy to horse hair.

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