NORTH POLE, Alaska – Alaska State Troopers used lights and sirens to apprehend a North Pole man accused of leading them on a slow-speed lawnmower chase.
Twenty-year-old Wyatt Lewis is charged with driving under the influence and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer.
Troopers got the call early Sunday morning of an intoxicated man driving a red Craftsman riding mower over several lawns.
Troopers put on their lights and sirens when they arrived, but he didn't stop. The suspect was finally apprehended after a pursuit that went about 200 feet, reaching speeds of up to 5 mph.
It ended when a trooper got out of cruiser and got Lewis to stop. According to the troopers complaint, Lewis said he did not hear the sirens.
Troopers say his blood-alcohol content was .18, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
And, yes, driving a lawn mower while drunk qualifies for a DUI charge.
"Basically, the law says you're not authorized to operate any motorized vehicle after drinking," Trooper Charles Inderrieden said.