Another Florida moment- a Port St. Lucie man was arrested for DUI on a lawnmower. Kenneth Alleshouse, 56, was driving erratically on an access road where he was spotted by deputies. My favorite part is that he was using his lawnmower deck to carry a case of beer, and the cops got a shot of it!
Yes, you can get a DUI on a lawnmower in Florida. Unlike a horse, a lawnmower is a vehicle on which it is prohibited to ride while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances to the extent one’s normal faculties are impaired. However, it is likely less dangerous than driving a car. #weirddui
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has charged Donna Byrne with a DUI on a horse, after she was caught riding in the road, and blew a .161, which is twice the legal limit for driving. Here’s the thing, the DUI statute specifically says driving or in actual control of a vehicle. We’ve talked about it before– the law in Florida does not provide for a DUI on a horse. She has also been charged with animal neglect and failing to provide proper protection for the horse. I doubt this qualifies as animal neglect where there is no harm to the horse (unless she did something inherently dangerous like taking it out on the highway). She may be guilty of something, but I think she can beat the DUI!
A Wisconsin man charged with DUI claimed that the odor on his breath was due to beer battered fish. He had just come from a fish fry, you see, and the officer simply must have mistaken when he thought he smelled an alcoholic beverage. That half-empty can of Red Dog on the passenger seat… that wasn’t his, I’m sure. The blood alcohol content of .062… that could come from the fish.. right? Right?
Sounds fishy to me…
The jury didn’t buy it and , John Przybyla was convicted of DUI. Again. In fact, this was his 10th drunk driving offense, and due to the repeat offenses, he is facing up to 12 years in prison. They ought to arrest whoever let this guy have a car, again, as well…
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Joel Allen Sloan was arrested for DUI a couple days ago for a DUI outside Birmingham. No explanation was given for his outfit… though clearly he is not a sad clown. Thanks TSG.
Only in Florida:
A Citrus County woman, Josseleen Lopez, was detained by store staff after taking a bite of sushi, and putting it back on the shelf. She had a half-empty bottle of wine and a mostly-eaten rotisserie chicken on her cart as she road around the Walmart. After her arrest, officers found drug paraphernalia and she admitted she had recently smoked meth.
She has been charged with petty theft and possession of paraphernalia. She could have been charged with underage possession of alcohol, and theoretically could have gotten a DUI on the motorized shopping cart: which would qualify as a vehicle under Florida law.
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Ronny Hicks, a man from Palm Bay, Florida, was arrested this week and charged with driving under the influence… while he was riding on an electric wheelchair. We have covered a lot of Weird DUI cases here on Crimcourts, from the guy in Scotland on a bouncy ball, to a man not long ago in Punta Gorda who got a DUI on a lawnmower… but this may take the cake. I personally worked on a case for a DUI on a tricycle, a few years back, and this tops it. (EDIT: No, the wheelchair coes not need to be motorized under Florida law.)
The problem with the charge is that the wheelchair is a necessary device for the man to get around. If he can’t be drunk on it… he can’t be drunk. It is a hard case to convince a jury to convict on. However, the incident happened in public, and he was apparently obstructing other people with his vehicle. Basically, any device on wheels is a vehicle under Florida law, and subject to DUI sanctions. Because this is his third offense, he could potentially be facing felony charges.
Also, hope he gets that head wound treated, though he apparently refused treatment at the time of arrest. Read about more WeirdDui cases here.
Tyler Anspach, a 25-year-old man from Milton, PA, was arrested for drunk driving on a Cub Cadet lawnmower, along with driving on a suspended license, no registration, and other charges. He has had several DUI related incidents, and apparently thought he’d figured out a work-around with his lawnmower. He was wrong.
The law in Florida is similar to PA… you can get a DUI on any vehicle, which includes pretty much anything on wheels. We’ve seen plenty of riding mower DUIs around these parts. You can also get criminal charge for suspended license on any motor vehicle, and I have seen people prosecuted for that as well in Florida, in spite of how charming Richard Farnsworth and David Lynch made it look in “A Straight Story” (which is based on a true story). It may help that Mr. Straight wasn’t hauling a case of beer and a .2 BAC!