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Can You Get a DUI on a Lawnmower?

Officers in upstate New York were concerned this past weekend when they received a call reporting a man hunched over a riding lawnmower. When they arrived on scene, police identified the man as having received a license suspension a month prior for intoxicated driving.

Police say the driver of the lawnmower appeared drunk when they arrived Saturday night. Apparently he had driven his mower to a nearby liquor store to buy more beer and had passed out on the ride home. Mobile Life paramedics drove the driver to Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was then admitted for monitoring.

Back in August, the same man had been caught behind the wheel of his car with a blood alcohol level of 0.29, more than three times the legal limit. His apprehension that evening resulted from an erratic driving tip. Police patrolling the Brooks & Dunn concert that night on ATVs made the bust.

In Georgia, it is illegal to operate any motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above. Nationally, people have received DUI-related charges while operating such diverse modes of transportation as bicycles, horses and motorized wheelchairs. Whenever you plan to imbibe, it's best to be on the safe side and plan ahead on a designated driver.

Source: Mid-Hudson News "Mowing under the influence" 9/20/10