Friday, February 29, 2008

People being stupid news item of the week

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A man led police on a very slow-speed chase, refusing to stop while riding a lawn mower at about 3 mph across a busy street and steering it toward an officer before he was grabbed and arrested, a police report says.

Now, authorities say, the question is whether Stephen Ray Castor, 53, already under investigation in the breaking of a window of a man's house and the episode with the officer, can also be charged with drunken driving. State law is silent on whether riding mowers are covered by the law against driving under the influence.

Castor remained in the Clark County Jail with bail set at $40,000 pending a court appearance Friday.

Police said the chase began late Monday afternoon after Jason Taylor reported that Castor - a stranger to him - cursed at him, rode the mower through his fence gate and smashed a window with a lawn chair.

Castor drove the mower across a boulevard and down a city street, the police report said. Officer Gregory J. Hibbard got out of his patrol car and told Castor to stop, then had to sidestep to avoid being hit, the report said.

Shortly afterward, several officers pulled Castor off the mower and arrested him.

What is it with drunk people and riding mowers? On the subject of riding mowers, has anyone else ever seen this film called "The Straight Story"? It is the true story of a guy who goes on a road trip across several states on a riding mower, it is interesting to say the least. :p


  1. Natalie said...

    Uh, you realize no one can see the type? The only way to read it is to "select all".

    Maybe you wanted it that way? :P

  2. Will said...

    :o Well that was mildly embarrassing! :p I posted, then closed the window without ever viewing the post on the blog. Maybe I should add myself to "people being stupid" for the week... :D