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News: 10/15/2010

Man on lawnmower charged with DUI

On Oct. 3, a 55-year-old Kenwood man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while on his lawnmower.

At around 7:50 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer spotted a male driving a lawnmower through the parking lot of the Kenwood Shopping Center near the Kenwood Market. The driver exited the lot and then proceeded south on Greene St.

The lawn mower did not have any lights, and was difficult to see. The officer pulled in behind the mower and contacted the driver. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted the odor of alcohol on his breath. The driver stated that he occasionally uses the mower to drive to the store and get groceries. The officer observed further signs of intoxication, and initiated a DUI investigation. The officer determined that the man was under the influence, and placed him under arrest. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail and later released with orders to appear in court at a later date.

As of press time, CHP officials said the results of the man’s blood alcohol test were not yet available.

The DUI laws apply to all vehicles on a roadway, both motorized and bicycles, according to the CHP.

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