Geoff Dickson, a retired caretaker from Somerset, brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘born to be wild’ as goes about his daily business on, what can only be described as, a ‘badass’ a customised mobility scooter.
But life in the slow lane isn’t all sweetness and light for Geoff, as he has grown tired of being ‘repeatedly’ stopped by police who mistake his 4mph electric scooter for a Harley-Davidson hog.
According to the 64-year-old Son of Anarchy, the unmistakable raked forks, chrome headlamp and extended wing mirrors of his mobility scooter have become somewhat of a talking point in his hometown of Wells.
The father of three has even earned himself the nickname of the ‘Wells Angel’.
He told the Western Daily Press: “I was told I had to get a mobility scooter so I went to a local store, but all I saw were pink things with baskets on the front – I really wasn't impressed.
"The woman in the shop asked me what I would be interested in so I told her I wanted something that would go off-road and that looked like a Harley Davidson.
"Just because you are old and disabled doesn't mean you can't be cool too.
"They hunted around and showed me the one they had found. I got it last summer and it has really given me a new lease of life.
"Some people call me 'The Wells Angel' and that's fine – it's only rock n' roll but I like it."
Geoff was forced to use a mobility scooter when he was diagnosed with HSP – a condition that sees nerves dying off, leaving him unable to control his legs.
The cool Sport Rider mobility scooter model allowed Geoff the freedom he had wanted since the onset of his condition but the downside of such a sweet set of wheels is the attention it receives from the authorities.
He said: “"I was driving along the pavement when a police car drove past me then quickly spun around and pulled over.
"When they got out the car one of them was nudging the other and they were laughing.
"One of them said "sorry, brains over here thought you were riding a motorbike on the pavement". Afterwards they just kept pushing each other and laughing.
"On another occasion a different police officer came up to me whilst I was drinking coffee – I had left the scooter parked outside the shop whilst I had a drink.
"He was going to tell me off for parking on the pavement but then he realised his mistake and asked if they could take a picture of it instead."
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