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Michigan man charged with felony DUI after riding lawn mower

When most people hear about someone getting charged with driving under the influence, they typically picture the incident occurring in a car or truck. However, it isn't uncommon for an individual to get a DUI while driving a boat, dirt bike or other recreational vehicle. Recently Michigan police arrested a man accused of driving his lawn mower drunk.

The 47-year-old was pulled over by police after he left a store on his lawn mower. The police officers had noticed the mower parked outside the store and were keeping an eye on it when the owner came out of the store and drove away on it. Police then stopped the man and allege that he was intoxicated. The Michigan man now faces felony DUI charges since he had a prior DUI conviction.

DUI is defined as operating a motor vehicle while one's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit. In Michigan, the legal limit is 0.08; anything above is considered impaired. A motor vehicle can be anything from a golf cart to a lawn mower. If one is convicted of DUI, they could face a variety of consequences. If it is a third offense, one could potentially face felony charges which can result in federal jail time.

A conviction on DUI charges can be extremely damaging to one's life. License suspension, being forced to submit to an ignition interlock system and being prohibited from owning a firearm are just a few of the possible consequences, to say nothing of jail time and steep fines. If charged with DUI in the state of Michigan, it is prudent for a defendant to consult with an experienced legal professional about what rights and options are available.

Source: The Times Herald, "Michigan man arrested for riding lawnmower drunk says police picked on him," Tammy Stables Battaglia, March 29, 2013

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