Everyone knows a story about a drunk driver who mows someone down. Scott E. McKenzie was just mowing.
Kenzie, 26, of Oakfield, N.Y., was pulled over late Tuesday night while operating his 2011 Troy-Bilt mower just after 11 p.m.
After a brief interrogation, an officer charged McKenzie with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to display a slow-moving vehicle embleme, the Rochester Chronicle and Democrat reports.
McKenzie admitted to WHAM-TV that the hardest part about the arrest have been the jokes.
"It was on the AM radio, man. It was on 1490 AM this morning. I'm like, 'Oh my goodness, really?'” McKenzie said. “Everybody at the store is laughing at me, and let me tell you what I told one of my friends for real, that, look, I got a DWI for riding my lawn mower at 11:30 at night, and she laughed at me and laughed at me and, let me tell you what, it's not right, it's not right.”
The arrest was unusual for the area, according to Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha said.
“We’ve had them on golf carts and tractors but not on lawn mowers, at least recently. We might have had one a long time ago," Maha told TheDailyNewsOnline.com. He added that many people incorrectly assume that it's legal to operate a lawnmower even while drunk.
“It doesn’t have to be a car. It can be any type of powered device,” Maha said. “Some people think that when they’ve had their license revoked they can still drive a tractor or golf cart down the road. That’s not the case.”
Case (of beer) in point: Florida resident James David Gray, 68, who was popped with his fifth DUI in August, 2012, after a deputy for the Marion County Sheriffs Dept. noticed him driving a red lawn mower south in a northbound lane.
The deputy alleged that Gray had a cold beer already opened in the cup holder and claimed he saw that the suspect had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol.