Horses, Tractors and Lawnmowers: More Weird DUI Stories

Tuesday, 28. May 2013

CC image Wikipedia.orgLast time we rounded up some weird DUI stories from around the web, we talked about a man who blamed his erratic driving on swerving to avoid an elephant, and another driver that was found dancing naked in the street.

Today we look at three more individuals who took a strange route to a DUI charge.

Drunk on a Horse

A Montana woman was recently charged with her fourth DUI after trying to ride her horse around her neighborhood while intoxicated.

Dawnalee Ellis-Peterson, 43, was charged with felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving without insurance or a valid license after she went on a joyride late last month.

According to the police report, officers approached Ellis-Peterson after they saw her riding her horse in a local neighborhood.  Officers realized she was extremely intoxicated, and they helped direct her back to her home.  Ellis-Peterson initially cooperated with officers, but minutes after returning to her house she called the police department to complain, saying that she “should be able to ride her horse without getting pulled over.”

The department sent an officer to Ellis-Peterson’s home to check on her. When she answered the door she was completely naked, and told the officer “I’m just drunk, leave me alone.”

Despite all her actions, Ellis-Peterson still hadn’t received any tickets up to this point. A half-hour after the officer left her residence, a neighbor phoned police to report that they had seen Ellis-Peterson getting in her car.  She was quickly located by officers and cited for DUI.

It’s uncertain what type of car she was driving, but if we had to guess, our money would be on a Ford Bronco or a Mustang.

John Deere Drunk

A 26-year-old in New York was arrested last week after he was caught operating his riding lawn mower while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Scott McKenzie took his lawn mower out for a joy ride down Main Street when he was spotted by Oakfield police officers.  After a short interrogation, officers determined McKenzie was operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs and alcohol.  They also cited him for possession of marijuana and failure to display a slow-moving vehicle emblem.

When questioned about the incident, McKenzie did not deny the charges.  He admitted he was driving with marijuana in his system, and he added that he was only riding on the shoulder, but he was still hit with a slew of tickets.

McKenzie went on to say that he’s been the butt of plenty of jokes lately.

“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.”

DUI on a Tractor

A Georgia man found himself in trouble with the law after the tractor he was driving collided with a vehicle when he was trying to cross the highway.

To make matters worse, Michael Coules, 65, was drinking a beer while operating the oversized farm equipment.

Neither Coules nor the driver of the other vehicle suffered major injuries.  Authorities said Coules remained on the tractor seat after being hit by the other car, “even after [the tractor] was ripped into three pieces.”

The accident shut down the highway for nearly two hours while authorities cleaned up the site.  Coules was arrested and taken to the local county jail for his role in the accident.

Related sources: Billings Gazette, Huffington Post, Savannah Now

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.
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