I thought things like this only happened in the south …


VERMILION, OHIO — A man is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a drunk driving charge. He says he never should have been charged in the first place because he was on a lawn mower.

It’s his third drunk driving arrest in six months. The first time he was in a van; the next in a car. This time he decided to hop on his 20-horsepower lawn mower.

The officer who arrested him captured it all on dash cam video.

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, an officer saw 50-year-old Dondi Bowles driving on the sidewalk along Berkly Road in Vermilion.

The officer says Bowles smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

He arrested Bowles after giving him a field sobriety test.

Later, Bowles blew a .144 — almost twice the legal limit.

Bowles admits he had a few beers but thought driving his lawn mower 10 m.p.h. on the sidewalk was OK.

“I didn’t know you could get a DUI on a bike or a lawnmower,” Bowles said. “That’s the difference. If I knew that, I would’ve walked.”

Police say he drove the mower to a store about a mile from his home and was arrested on his way back.

Photo here.

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