Nova Scotia

Bridgewater man accused of driving ride-on lawnmower while drunk

A 53-year-old Bridgewater man is facing impaired driving charges after he was arrested in a somewhat unusual situation.

One man found out the hard way it's illegal to drive any motorized vehicle while impaired

A 53-year-old Bridgewater man is facing impaired driving charges after he was arrested in a somewhat unusual situation. 

What made this incident stand out was the accused's mode of transportation — a ride-on lawn mower.

Bridgewater Police Services received a complaint from a Bridgewater Mall security officer shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The security officer reported seeing a man drive onto the mall property to the NSLC outlet on a lawn tractor.

An officer then found the man driving the lawn tractor on the sidewalk next to the Wendy's restaurant on Lahave Street. 

After stopping the man, police allege the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Police also allege the man resisted arrest. 

The accused is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on Nov. 4 to enter a plea on charges of operating a motorized vehicle while impaired, impaired operation over 80 milligrams, and resisting arrest.

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