An Ohio man is now facing a misdemeanor charge following a drunk-driving incident that occurred in Massillon on Aug. 5. This is reportedly the sixth time that the man has been charged with DUI, but he will not be facing a felony because the incidents have all occurred within a span of more than 20 years. In accordance with the laws of this state, the sixth DUI might be considered a felony only if all six of the drunk-driving incidents had fallen within a 20-year time frame.
The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Walnut Southeast and Duncan Street when police spotted the man sitting on a lawnmower, which had stalled. He was unable to stand on his own when officers asked him to walk to the patrol car, and video footage appears to show the man being physically supported by an officer at that time.
According to police, the charged man’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. The man stated that he was traveling on a lawnmower because his license had previously been suspended.
Ohio residents who are considering similar use of a creative mode of transportation due to the suspension of their license may want to know that in this state, they could be subject to drunk driving charges if they are found behind the wheel of any motorized vehicle while impaired. Because the severity of the penalties that may be imposed following a conviction on subsequent charges could be significant, residents who find themselves facing another DUI may find it beneficial to consult an attorney in order to put together a strategy to combat the charges.
Source: News Net 5, “Massillon man arrested for drunk driving his lawnmower“, Aug. 8, 2016