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Man on Riding Lawn Mower Arrested for DUI

A Florida man is facing charges after he was reportedly caught riding a lawn mower while under the influence of alcohol.

On the afternoon of April 30, a 64-year-old man from Oconee County traveled on the highway using a riding lawn mower as his mode of transportation. According to reports, earlier this year he was struck by a vehicle while riding a lawn mower. The man rode to a local Golden Pantry Food Store to purchase beer before he headed back home.

Deputies from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department were on duty in the area, and they saw the man on the mower. They reported that they saw him lift a can to his mouth and take a sip, and they believed it was a beer can. The deputies approached the man to discuss the situation, and their suspicions were further raised when they thought they smelled alcohol on his breath.

It was reported that the man told the deputies he was on his way home from the store and had only been out for approximately 15 minutes. They saw a bag near his feet, and when they looked inside, they found unopened beer cans.

The suspect, who was also accused of a DUI in 2015, allegedly asked the police to look the other way and let him go, but they ignored his pleas and took him into custody. He was booked into the Oconee County Jail, and he is facing preliminary charges of driving under the influence of alcohol (less safe), and driving with an open container, in addition to a vehicle violation for driving too slowly. He was released on bond a few hours later.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a DUI offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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