Guy on Lawnmower Charged With DUI

Colorado police say Kenneth Welton was barhopping on his Craftsman ride-on

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2014 1:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Craftsman lawnmower got a Colorado man in hot water last week. Concerned citizens in Garden City called the cops on 53-year-old Kenneth Welton on Tuesday after he was spotted motoring the wrong way down a busy street at around 10pm on a riding mower, reportedly after visiting at least one local watering hole, says NBC 9News. Arresting officers say that even though Welton declined to take a sobriety test, he was slurring his speech, had bloodshot eyes, and reeked of liquor.

Welton—who already has a revoked driver’s license and other DUIs under his belt, according to 9News—insists he was simply cutting weeds (in the middle of 8th Avenue?) and that he had gone to get a drink or two only after his nephew’s lawnmower broke down mid-task. "I’ve been working, I have been mowing," he told a CBS Denver reporter from a local jailhouse. "I haven’t been barhopping." Weld County law enforcement isn’t chuckling; Welton has been charged with a misdemeanor DUI. (This isn’t as weird as the guy who got busted for DUI on a motorized beer cooler—but pretty close.)

A Colorado man accused of DUI on a lawn mower similar to the one shown here says he was just cutting weeds.
A Colorado man accused of DUI on a lawn mower similar to the one shown here says he was just cutting weeds.   (Shutterstock)
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