“I’m drunk, put me in jail,” said the man whose lawnmower crashed into the police car.
HAINES CITY (CBSMiami) – People using lawnmowers should be as careful now as people driving cars and boats while intoxicated, said police officers.
A Florida man was charged with DUI for driving his lawnmower into a police car on May 5.
According to a statement from the Haines City Police, a police officer working in a business in the city of Haines heard a noise from outside. Heading towards the sound, the officer saw 68-year-old Gary Anderson outside at the wheel of a lawnmower. Anderson hit the bumper of a police car with his lawnmower.
Anderson admitted to hitting the police car and told the officer, “I’m drunk, put me in jail.”
In his affidavit, the police officer stated that Anderson’s actions were playful and his eyes were bloodshot. Anderson, who could not be tested for alcohol, was arrested for drunk driving.
Anderson, who agreed to take the alcohol test at the police station, gave a false example. Therefore, Anderson’s test result could not be obtained.
Anderson claimed that the police officer poisoned him. Anderson, who was transferred to a local hospital and tested for alcohol. The alcohol level was found to be more than three times the legal limit. He was also found to be using cocaine.
Anderson was also blamed for refusing to take an alcohol test.
On a retrospective review of Anderson, authorities found that since 1978 his license had been suspended and he had been convicted twice for DUI.
Haines City Police Chief Jim Elensky said: “I find our police professionals professional in their handling of the drunk and belligerent suspect and I congratulate them. Getting behind the wheel drunkenly does not produce good results,” he said.
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