• Germany's news in English
 

Speedy disabled man told: Get out and walk

Published: 08 Mar 2013 15:57 GMT+01:00

Klaus-Dieter Stellmacher, 63, was on his way home in the town of Schwedt in the eastern state of Brandenburg last week when he zoomed passed a parked police car. He was confronted by five officers who claimed he exceeded the 6 kph speed limit which applies to drivers with no third-party insurance, he told the regional daily Märkische Oderzeitung.

According to specifications provided by manufacturers of the Shoprider 889-XLS, the vehicle's maximum speed-limit is the prescribed 6 kph.

But Stellmacher, left with disabilities after a series of strokes, says this explanation was not accepted and he was told to continue his journey home on foot while pushing the heavy cart.

Police spokesman Gerald Pillkuhn confirmed that colleagues had encountered Stellmacher travelling at excessive speed. "If he doesn't know how fast his vehicle is able to travel, it would have been careless to allow him to continue his journey", Pillkuhn told Die Welt newspaper.

Whether the officers really instructed him to continue his journey on foot, however, remains unclear.

A test conducted on the cart later revealed that it's able to reach double the speed claimed by the manufacturer. Apparently the retiree wasn't aware of this.

"Does the police now want to make a name for itself at the expense of the disabled?" Elke Grunwald, Schwedt's senior citizens' representative, told the Märkische Oderzeitung.

"The police should rather be present on the streets during the evening. Many of the elderly are afraid to step outside for fear of being mugged."

She said she will refer the matter to the mayor.

The Local/mjl

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

17:41 March 8, 2013 by lucksi
It's not like you have a speedo on those things. If there haven't been any modifications by the user, then the company who builds them should be responsible for any fines.
20:30 March 8, 2013 by Bulldawg82
Old dude tricked out his ride! I bet he has a bitchin' stereo in that thing!
02:33 March 9, 2013 by treecat
...Increase the voltage by a factor of.... bigger battery pack with lithium 24 volt..... 9 to 10 mph maybe.
11:02 March 9, 2013 by bhess
I'm a former LEO and you can't win with those kind of cases. Guy in a scooter and you make him walk. So much liability. If they really wanted to press the matter follow him to his house then deal with it.
11:32 March 9, 2013 by wood artist
Sounds like overkill. Do they really have a radar or whatever that will track speeds that slow, or did they use a car and pace him? Was he driving erratically, or just going too fast? Was he endangering others?

Unless he was a complete pain, I'd be very inclined to simply point out his speed and tell him to slow down. Considering his disabilities, if he had come to grief on the way home I think he'd be well within his rights to file an action against the police, especially if he was relying upon the information from the manufacturer about the top speed for the cart.

As @bhess suggested, if it's really that BIG a thing, escort him home to make sure he arrives safely, and then request that he deal with the cart's speed appropriately. Must have been a really slow day for the police.

wa
14:53 March 9, 2013 by RajeshG
this is the second bad cop story of the day - first being handcuffed lady punched and battered by cop and now a handicap senior person made to walk - hey what's happening in Germany? Maybe the cops have too secure jobs in this age of unemployment to make them so smug. How about dismissing a few of them?
00:22 March 11, 2013 by johnny108
Get the guy a guest spot on "Sons of Anarchy".!
Today's headlines
'Hot Boy from Germany' wins Vietnam Idol
Image: Fremantle Media/YouTube

'Hot Boy from Germany' wins Vietnam Idol

A 22-year-old from Hanover has become the latest winner of Vietnam Idol – bagging $27,000 along with his new title. READ  

Man promises to stop coffin naps in public
If you want to rest in place while you're still alive, a car park isn't the place place to choose. Photo: DPA

Man promises to stop coffin naps in public

When a man walking his dog alerted police to the fact that a black coffin was lying in the middle of a public parking place, the cops were surprised to find someone inside. READ  

Court orders boss to pay worker for changing
Photo: Pixabay

Court orders boss to pay worker for changing

A mechanic from western Germany is set to receive €350 in back payments – after claiming he should be paid for the time he spent showering and getting dressed for work. READ  

In Pictures
Wacken festival draws metalheads of the world
A reveler at Wacken Open Air 2015. Photo: DPA

Wacken festival draws metalheads of the world

Armies of black-clad fans gathered for the world's biggest heavy metal festival between Thursday and Saturday, marking 25 years of headbanging fun in the small town of Wacken in northern Germany. READ  

Railway sunbather brings trains to a halt
Photo: DPA

Railway sunbather brings trains to a halt

A plucky sunbather brought train services in North Rhine-Westphalia to an abrupt halt at the weekend - after deciding to catch some rays on the tracks. READ  

Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power

According to Germany's most influential political magazine, Spiegel, Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term in power and has already started talks on who will run her campaign. READ  

State leaders call for faster asylum processes
Refugees at a temporary reception centre in Baden Württemberg. Photo: DPA

State leaders call for faster asylum processes

Several state leaders called for more investment in processing asylum applications over the weekend as the backlog continues to put severe strain on current infrastructure. READ  

German sets Florida to Cuba speedboat record
Roger Klueh. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / DPA

German sets Florida to Cuba speedboat record

A German businessman and power boating fanatic on Saturday broke a 57-year-old record for the fastest boat crossing between the United States and Cuba. READ  

Report: German refugee figures 'underestimated'
Migrants on a train on their way to the EU. Photo: Djordje Savic / DPA

Report: German refugee figures 'underestimated'

Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, nearly 50,000 more than first thought, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015. READ  

Migrant wounded in German police shooting
Photo: DPA

Migrant wounded in German police shooting

A Guinean migrant who caused a brawl in a home for asylum seekers in Germany was shot and seriously wounded by police, local media reported. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
Start-up helps new Berliners short cut bureaucracy
National
The 1,000s of Germans massacred after the Second World War
Sport
Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe
Features
'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Politics
Satire and reality blur in parody party's strife
National
13-year-old boy detained for trying to join Isis
Culture
Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu
Rhineland
Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
Society
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Outsourcing drives Apreel's Europe growth
Society
Police bust kinky Bavarian couple over painful love-making
Politics
Merkel brings Palestinian girl to tears
Hamburg
Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard
National
Could Merkel learn a lesson in love from this doppelganger?
Travel
Why you should stay in Germany for the summer holidays
Sport
German press tell Schweinsteiger 'good riddance'
National
Hamburg gets a bouncing 100kg baby girl
Society
In North Germany, money sometimes DOES grow on trees
National
Hero mechanics stop Bavaria shooting spree
International
Denmark says that border controls are coming
National
Did hackers take control of German missile battery?
Politics
Munich gives gay pride green light
Business & Money
Berlin rent controls hit prices hard
National
Fighting to breastfeed in public without shame
Society
Ice cream for dogs 'gobbled up in one gulp'
Education
Are hotpants a feminist issue?
Rhineland
Lion cub reunited with mother
National
How the heatwave is cracking Germany's Autobahns
International
Why the French are more sympathetic to Greece than the Germans
Sponsored Article
Crans-Montana: International expat hub
Gallery
Police seize pensioner's WW2 heavy weapons haul
National
How to survive the Europe-wide heatwave
Sport
Is Schweini already out of the door at Bayern?
Politics
How German media shaped the Greece crisis
National
Car assembly robot crushes worker at Volkswagen
Rhineland
Weathermen red-faced over heatwave snow warning
Society
An eye for an eye? Mum protects child in playground with pepperspray
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's final day in Germany
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's second day in Germany
National
Queen Elizabeth II's first day in Germany - as it happened
National
Bus passengers tell fake racists where to get off
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

7,116
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd