A Minnesota man was recently charged with his ninth offense related to drunk driving. Reports indicate that he was allegedly driving a lawnmower erratically on the street and that a blood alcohol test showed him as more than three times the legal limit. He is now likely working with an attorney to determine his legal options.
A police officer reported that he saw the man make a sharp left turn and begin driving his lawnmower in the wrong lane. The officer also stated that after conducting a traffic stop, the man seemed to have trouble with his balance and smelled of alcohol. His blood alcohol level allegedly registered a .28 percent on the portable breath test the officer administered.
Though not a traditional vehicle to drive on the roadway, a lawnmower still falls under the category of “motor vehicle” in Minnesota, thus giving the officer apparent means to charge the man. He is now facing two charges related to driving while intoxicated. He is also facing one charge for driving with a suspended license, as his driver’s license was allegedly canceled several years ago.
These types of charges can lead to serious consequences if convictions are obtained, especially for those who have had prior convictions. Those charged with a DWI due to the results of a blood alcohol test could consult experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorneys. An attorney could help by assessing someone’s circumstances to try to determine how to achieve the best possible outcome in a specific situation. Additionally, an attorney could provide guidance and support clients through any legal proceedings related to the charges.
Source: Northfield, MN Patch, “Lawnmower Driver Faces 9th DWI Charge In Minnesota“, William Bornhoft, Aug. 7, 2017