Police in Pulaski County recently worked two incidents in a week’s time involving alleged drunk drivers on riding lawn mowers, including one arrested after he drove to the drive-through window at a fast-food restaurant, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
In the first case, someone called 911 just before 3 p.m. on Aug. 31 to report a man was "driving all over the roadway" on a riding mower, according to a news release. A deputy found Randy Lee Whitaker, 49, driving a lawn mower west in the eastbound lane of Boat Dock Road, heading toward busy U.S. 27.
Whitaker’s blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit. He told Deputy Andrew Payne he’d consumed 30 beers, according to the release. Whitaker was charged with drunken driving.
The second incident happened Sept. 6 at about 6 a.m. when the dispatch center got a report that a drunken man was at the drive-through window of the Hardee’s restaurant in Science Hill.
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Deputy Cody Cundiff saw the man pull away from the restaurant and head across the parking lot toward Ky. 635. The man acknowledged he’d been drinking after the officer stopped him, according to a news release.
Gary G. Ard, 50, was charged with drunken driving. His blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, according to the sheriff’s office.