Lawnmower driver charged with DUI

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NORTH POLE - Alaska State Troopers used lights and sirens to apprehend a North Pole man accused of leading them on a slow-speed chase that covered several lawns.

Wyatt Lewis, 20, 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.

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