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Vincennes man arrested for driving Power Wheels Jeep while on drugs

A Vincennes man is accused of driving a Power Wheels Jeep down the street while high on drugs, Indiana State Police say. John McKee was caught driving the kid-sized Jeep down 2nd Street in Vincennes on Aug. 23, 2023. (Provided Photo/Knox County Jail)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man from Vincennes is accused of taking a Power Wheels Jeep for a moonlight drive after using drugs.

An Indiana State Police Trooper noticed the man and his pint-sized ride around 9 p.m. Wednesday while patrolling the 2500 block of North Second Street. That’s about 1 mile east of Vincennes University near the Indiana-Illinois border.

State police say the Jeep — which is designed for children ages 3 to 7 and has a top speed of 5 mph — had no headlights or reflectors and was hard to see.

The kid-sized ride eventually stopped on 2nd Street and the trooper identified the driver as 51-year-old John McKee. Police did not say if McKee exceeded the Jeep’s 130-pound weight limit.

McKee appeared to be under the influence and he failed field sobriety tests. He was transported to a Vincennes hospital, where he was found to have methamphetamine and marijuana in his system, state police say.

McKee was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction.

Police did not provide a description of the Power Wheels Jeep or say how McKee ended up behind the teeny tiny wheel.