Those who have had too much to drink should generally find alternative methods of getting to where they need to go. While many of these individuals rely on designated drivers, cabs or ridesharing services, some people might feel tempted to drive something that is not a typical street-legal vehicle. While this might seem like a good idea, driving something other than a car, truck or motorcycle can still lead to DUI charges.
Police in Georgia recently arrested a man who was allegedly driving his lawn mower while under the influence of alcohol. An officer first spotted the man at approximately noon after receiving reports of a possible drunk driver. The officer pulled the man and his lawn mower over and reported that he immediately picked up the scent of alcohol.
The driver of the lawn mower told the officer that he had gone out to a food mart to purchase several different items, including beer. He also said that he had drunk a beer at 9 a.m. that same day, but claimed that was all. However, he subsequently failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. Aside from the DUI allegations, he was also arrested for driving on a suspended license. Even though he was not driving a car, having a suspended license means that a person cannot operate any type of motor vehicle on the road — even a lawn mower.
The driver later refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, which is not necessarily an indication of guilt. Still, it can make crafting a solid criminal defense foundation against a DUI charge somewhat more difficult. This is not an impossible situation, though, and most defendants in Georgia find that conducting an early review of their charges and related evidence can be extremely helpful.