SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - When Paul McClain had his driver's
license suspended for driving a car without insurance, the 41-year-old Oregon man started riding an electric bicycle instead.
But authorities say he can't do that either.
McClain, of Springfield, is fighting five tickets he received for driving with a suspended license while on his electricity-assisted bicycle. He told a Springfield Municipal Court judge Tuesday that an electric bike is just like a bike and he doesn't need a license.
But police say it's not a bike when he turns on the motor.
David House, a spokesman for Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services, says it's a gray area of the law and the issue likely will end up in court.
The Register Guard reports the judge said he'll announce his ruling after a separate trial in Lane Justice Court on a similar ticket.
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