PUNTA GORDA — A 58-year-old local man was arrested Monday night after he drove a lawn tractor while intoxicated, according to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s report.
Deputies arrested Kenneth Larue Smith, 4400 block of Alta Vista Drive, after someone complained of a man driving a lawn tractor down the road in the area near Richmond Street and U.S. 41, the report shows.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they reportedly found an open can of beer in the mower’s cup holder. Smith told deputies he was unaware “that drivers cannot operate a lawn tractor on the roadways or in neighbors’ yards while under the influence,” according to the report.
Smith was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, violation of driver’s license restrictions and corruption by threat against a public servant. He was held at the Charlotte County Jail Tuesday on $29,000 bond.