A man who was arrested while driving a lawnmower in the street at 3 a.m. is now facing a drunk driving charge, according to local sources. The 54-year-old Kentucky man is facing charges after police say they stopped him in the early morning of Sept. 14. While this is not a traditional DUI charge as a lawnmower is considered a non-motor vehicle, he is still set to be arraigned on Oct. 6.
According to the report, police were initially called to investigate a noise complaint about a lawnmower running in the early morning. When police arrived, the man was apparently observed riding the lawnmower on a local roadway in Frankfort with no front or rear lights visible. Police stopped the man, who is reported to have initially told officers he had consumed three alcoholic drinks.
However, police say the man allegedly displayed six out of a possible six indicators for intoxication in a roadside test. The man said he had a medical condition that kept him from maintaining his balance, but later allegedly told police he had consumed a “half-pint of vodka” as well as marijuana. A subsequent blood test revealed the presence of alcohol, though it was not clear how much.
The man now faces an unusual DUI charge, operating a non-motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. If he is found guilty, he could lose access to his driver’s license and possibly face fines. The man will be represented in Kentucky court by an attorney, who will attempt to build a defense against these charges by carefully reviewing the facts of the case and any evidence brought forth by prosecutors.