Florida’s trend of lawn mower drunk driving arrests continues. In the most recent case, a Haines City Police Department squad car was allegedly damaged while officers were attending to an unrelated matter. Upon hearing a crash, officers report that they saw a man on a riding mower pulling a trailer. When stopped by police, the 68-year-old man allegedly became loud and aggressive. Upon being taken into custody, he was transported to a local hospital where testing reportedly indicated that he was three times over the legal limit of .08. Cocaine was also said to have been detected in the man’s blood.
When police ran a criminal history check on the riding mower driver, they learned that his driver’s license had been suspended since 1978. The suspension was based on two prior convictions for driving under the influence. The man reportedly admitted to being intoxicated and hitting the squad car, but he denied using cocaine. He accused police of having put it in his system. According to Newsweek, the man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and refusing to submit to a DUI test after his driver’s license was suspended. Both charges are misdemeanors that are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. There is no indication as to whether a search warrant was issued for blood testing, nor was there any information as to where the man was when police saw him driving the riding mower.
Lawn mower drunk driving arrests are nothing new in Florida, says cleveland.com. In 2017, a Port St. Lucie man was arrested on a riding mower on a public street while transporting a case of Budweiser. He was also three times over the legal limit. Another man in Sarasota was arrested for DUI on a lawn mower while he was armed. In 2014, a Citra man drove a lawn mower more than two miles to purchase an 18-pack of beer. He said it was hot outside, and he was depressed. When police stopped him on his way home, he had four beers left. In the recent past, two other riders were cited for being on horses while under the influence. At this point in time, there is no news of any disposition in the Haines City case.