The Associated Press
— A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with driving drunk while carrying an open can of beer — on a riding lawn mower.
Murrysville police say they found 55-year-old Thomas Marrone driving the mower along a road just before 1:30 a.m. Aug. 30.
Police say Marrone smelled of alcohol and had an open can of Coors Light beer in the mower's storage compartment. They say he told them he was driving to his Murrysville home — some 6.4 miles away.
Marrone didn't immediately return a phone message left at his home Thursday, and online court records don't list an attorney for him. He faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges including driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
Here are some local comments on the issue:
“Why is he getting charged with driving with a suspended license? Last time I checked you don't need your license to drive a lawn mower. This is stupid.” – Brynne Clawser
“If 12-year-old kids can mow the lawn and operate farm equipment in Pa., I don't see how you can get a suspended license charge...” – Angela Young
“Operating any vehicle on a roadway while under the influence IS grounds to be charged with DUI.” – Joseph John DiAscro III
“Dont drink and mow. LOL.” – D.J. Fox
“That is ridiculous.” – Cyndi Voilette