Police: Man took Walmart scooter on wrong-way, drunken joyride

GREENWOOD – An Indianapolis man faces charges after police say he stole a motorized scooter from a Greenwood Walmart and took it for a joyride.

Officers pulled Marcus Degraphenreed over just before 4 a.m. Thursday after seeing him going the wrong way on State Road 135. He was driving a motorized cart from the Walmart on Emerson and County Line road, police said.

Degraphenreed told police he’d found the cart, but the store confirmed that it had been stolen. The cart also had a sign saying “in-store use only” that drew initial scrutiny from police.

Police found him about six miles away from the store. Investigators said the cart has a maximum speed of six miles an hour.

Police arrested Degraphenreed after he failed field sobriety tests. They also said he seemed disoriented.

Preliminary charges against him included theft and driving under the influence.

The cart was returned to the store.