Riding a Lawn Mower Under the Influence?

A man in Pennsylvania was arrested and charged last week for riding a lawn mower under the influence. Yes, you read this right…riding a lawnmower under the influence.

According to news reports generated from an AP story, a man was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license and is scheduled for preliminary hearing this week. The man, allegedly, was driving the riding mower on a street with an open can of beer when contacted by police. It will be an interesting case for his DUI defense attorney.

This is not that uncommon. Fox News reported in March of this year that a man in Bath, NY was arrested for DWI with a BAC of .081 while riding a Craftsman rider mower.

In Colorado, a person can be charged with DUI for operating a “motor vehicle or vehicle” under the influence. Colorado DUI law does not include a requirement that the vehicle be motorized and no requirement that the vehicle be on a public highway or street. A person can, therefore, get charged with DUI for riding a mower, golf cart, ATV or even a bicycle without a motor.

Word to the wise—if you have been drinking, don’t drive, anything!

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