A 68-year-old Haines City man was charged with his third DUI over the weekend after allegedly crashing a lawn mower into a Haines City Police Department vehicle.
The police department said that an officer was tending to a matter on Saturday when a man on a lawn mower crashed into the back of his patrol vehicle.
According to the report, the officer heard a loud noise and walked outside to find the accused on a lawn mower with an attached trailer and noticed minor damage to the rear of the police vehicle.
The man apparently admitted to hitting the police vehicle and said he was drunk. Police said his demeanor ranged from laughing to aggressive.
After failing to complete the field sobriety tests, according to police, the man was taken to the Haines City Police Department where they said he claimed that he had been poisoned by police and asked to be taken to a hospital.
The man was then transported to Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport, where he provided a breath sample. Police said his blood-alcohol concentration was .241, which is more than three times the legal limit.
There was also cocaine is his system, according to the report, which he accused police of putting into his system.
Police said the man’s driver’s license has been suspended since March 1978 and that he has two previous DUI convictions, with the last one coming in 1987 in Osceola County.
Under Florida’s DUI laws, even a lawn mower is classified as a “motor vehicle.” You can essentially receive a DUI for being intoxicated while operating anything that moves. While it may be surprising, you can receive a DUI for boating under the influence, biking under the influence, operating a forklift or lawnmower under the influence, and even riding a horse under the influence.
If you have been charged with DUI for operating any type of vehicle, it is important that you consult an attorney as soon as possible. Our Florida DUI Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton will work with you and investigate your case to make sure that you receive the best legal representation. Call us today for a free consultation at 866-608-5529 or contact us online. We are available 24/7 to assist you.