Driving Lawn Mower While Drunk

By NBC Bay Area
|  Monday, Oct 4, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 PM PDT
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You don't have to be behind the wheel of a car to get a DUI.  A North Bay man riding a lawn mower was arrested over the weekend behind the wheel of a lawn mower.

The California Highway Patrol says they saw 55-year-old John Poshepny leaving the parking lot of the Kenwood Market on Sonoma Highway Saturday night after dark.

CHP Officer Jon Sloat told Bay City news that the mower did not have lights and it was difficult to see so an officer pulled the driver over.

The officer then smelled alcohol on the man's breath. Poshepny also slurred his speech and staggered, Sloat said. He was  arrested for misdemeanor DUI, taken to the Sonoma County jail, cited and  released.

Poshepyn said he occasionally uses the mower to drive to the store to get groceries.

The CHP says DUI laws apply to all motorized vehicles and bicycles  driving on the roadway.

If a motorized mower is used as a vehicle on a public roadway, a  driver's license and registration are required.

If a sober gardener is just mowing grass door-to-door, the mower is allowed on the road.

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