Don't drink and mow

Ohio man ticketed for driving lawn mower while intoxicated

May 8, 2006 - An Ohio man is headed to court because he was arrested for driving his lawn mower while drunk.


The Vermilion man has been ticketed three times in six months for drunken driving, but this is the first time he was operating the mower.

An officer arrested Doni Bowles at 10 p.m. last Friday when he spotted him driving the lawn mower on a sidewalk. The officer said Bowles smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

He arrested Bowles after giving him a field sobriety test, then Bowles registered a blood alcohol of .144 - almost twice the legal limit.

Bowles admitted had been drinking but said he thought driving his lawn mower 10 m.p.h. on the sidewalk was OK.

"I didn't know you could get a DUI on a bike or a lawnmower," Bowles said. "That's the difference. If I knew that, I would've walked."

Police say he drove the mower to a store about a mile from his home and was arrested on his way back.

Bowles said he couldn't make his assigned court date because he's going to be in a local hospital getting treatment for alcohol addiction.

Published : May 8, 2006