A Segway driver has become the first ever prosecuted for driving the motorised scooter on the pavement.

Victoria Molloy working for Bradford Solicitors Lumb & Macgill successfully defended Philip Coates  in the first ever prosecution of its kind in this country.

Phillip Coates, 51, was on his way to do some shopping when he was flagged down by a policeman and told he was breaking the law.

He was later interviewed and charged with riding a motor vehicle on the pavement under the Highways Act 1835. Mr Coates pleaded not guilty at Barnsley Magistrates Court, paving the way for the first defended prosecution of a Segway rider in the UK.

Segway supporters, including former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik, will be hoping hope it will establish its position in law. Currently the Government classes the machines as motor vehicle and advises they cannot be used anywhere except on private land.

Almost a decade after their launch they still have not secured an exemption.

Mr Coates, a factory worker, from Barnsley, bought the Segway after trying one out during a holiday in Florida.

Phillip Coates, 51, was on his way to do some shopping when he was flagged down by a policeman and told he was breaking the law.

He was later interviewed and charged with riding a motor vehicle on the pavement under the Highways Act 1835. Mr Coates pleaded not guilty at Barnsley Magistrates Court, paving the way for the first defended prosecution of a Segway rider in the UK.

Segway supporters, including former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik, will be hoping hope it will establish its position in law. Currently the Government classes the machines as motor vehicle and advises they cannot be used anywhere except on private land.

Almost a decade after their launch they still have not secured an exemption.

Mr Coates, a factory worker, from Barnsley, bought the Segway after trying one out during a holiday in Florida.