Drunk Driver on Lawnmower Lassoed by Pennsylvania Police
There’s an oft-told story about hard-drinking country music legend George Jones having his car keys confiscated by his wife, who didn’t want him to drive into town and buy more booze. In response, Jones fired up his lawnmower and rode it to his local liquor store.
Tyler O. Anspach, a 25-year-old man from Milton, Pennsylvania, was channeling Jones’ spirit on July 13th, when police found him drunkenly driving a yellow and white Cub Cadet lawn tractor whilst carrying a box of beer. Anspach, who was taking the lawnmower (and refreshments) to his friend’s house, had a blood alcohol level of 0.212 percent (nearly three times the legal limit), according to The Daily Item.
Police responded to a call at 9:37 pm that Monday night concerning a man making threats and driving a lawnmower along Limestone Road in Limestone Township. When they arrived, troopers said Anspach was uncooperative and combative, and had to be secured with a rope and carried to the police cruiser.
“I am going to [expletive deleted] kill you,” Anspach said to the arresting officer, further endearing himself to Limestone’s finest.
Anspach had a suspended driver’s license at the time of the incident, and presumably thought that he’d stumbled upon a brilliant loophole by firing up his riding mower instead of his car.
In fact, he had not.
In addition to driving with a suspended license, Anspach was charged with driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, careless driving, not having financial responsibility, and not having a registration and certificate of title (For what it’s worth, those last two offenses actually do sound like trumped-up charges—since when are you expected to produce your lawnmower’s title and registration?).
Police say that Tyler has racked up three DUI convictions in the last ten years, which is kind of disconcerting, considering that he’s only 25 years old. If any incident could act as Tyler’s proverbial “wake up call,” though, this would hopefully be it.