Friday, March 03, 2006


Just when you thought you heard it all. Believe it or Not.... A DUI on a Lawn Mower

A man was arrested and charged with DUI for riding a 1968 Cub Cadet lawn mower on a Vermont highway.

If you think a riding mower isn’t legally considered a motor vehicle, you might want to check your state statutes. A Hydeville, Vt. man was recently arrested and charged with drunken driving for allegedly riding a 1968 Cub Cadet lawn mower on a city road while intoxicated.
The 47-year-old man was already facing his fourth charge of drunken driving and was previously released on the condition that he stop drinking. His lawyer, Katie Smith, told the Rutland Herald that Jensen was “not aware that a lawn mower rose to the level of a motor vehicle.”

According to the Vermont DUI statute, “A person shall not operate, attempt to operate, or be in actual physical control of any vehicle on a highway…when the person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 or more.” Tests revealed Jensen had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. The moral of the story:

If you’re kicking back with a few cold ones, leave all the keys at home.

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