A drugs suspect in the US has discovered that hoverboards are not the most effective getaway vehicles.  Police approached Jerome Antoine Dennis in the Florida town of Clearwater on Sunday night after noticing the smell of marijuana.

In a bid to escape the officer,  Mr Dennis took to his hoverboard, a self-balancing electric scooters with a top speed of just over 10mph.Giving up on the wheeled device, the suspect ditched it and carried on with his escape on foot – but to no avail.

“When a visibly marked officer attempted to make contact with the defendant he attempted to flee on his hoverboard and then on foot before being apprehended,” according to an affidavit seen by the BBC.

“A strong odor of marijuana was on the person as well.” Mr Dennis was charged with possession of marijuana and resisting an officer. “When a visibly marked officer attempted to make contact with the defendant he attempted to flee on his hoverboard and then on foot before being apprehended”

According to The Smoking Gun, the suspect told police he “messed up because he is currently out on bond for possession of cocaine”. According to court records, Mr Dennis was arrested in February for possession of cocaine and marijuana, the website reported.

Hoverboards have surged in popularity over the past year. But concerns have arisen about the hazard they pose for street or pavement traffic, safety issues for riders, and reports that some poorly designed chargers can lead to fires. Russell Crowe, the Hollywood star, was blocked from taking a hoverboard on a Virgin Australia flight in December, while several other airlines do not allow them.

 

While most of the vehicles currently have wheels,  Japanese car company Lexus said last summer it had been working with experts in super-conductive technology to create a hoverboard that uses magnetic levitation with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to give the it “frictionless movement”.