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Cops: Man Mowed Someone Else's Grass While Drunk

Barry Ridge of Franklin, Ind., was arrested on Saturday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2018 10:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Roughly a month ago, an Indiana man's Huskee lawn tractor was impounded. The reason? Barry Ridge of Franklin was arrested April 8 in a Kroger parking lot while allegedly driving it drunk. Police say it wasn't a one-time occurrence. The Indianapolis Star reports the 46-year-old was pulled over after 5pm Saturday while riding atop a red mower. Police had been called by a local resident who said Ridge had started mowing their lawn; the Indy Channel reports the man told Ridge to exit his property.

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Police who located Ridge driving the mower down County Road 100 North reportedly noted "glassy" eyes and had him take a Breathalyzer test, which registered a BAC of 0.189. Ridge allegedly said he'd consumed three beers an hour prior. The mower was impounded like the first time, and he was arrested on a preliminary charge of OWI. The Star notes Ridge has yet to stand trial for the April incident. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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