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Man arrested for driving drunk on lawn tractor

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Mitchell man was arrested last month for driving drunk on his lawn tractor.

On May 24, a neighbor reported Carl Walter, 40, was spinning the tires of his truck on his own driveway. The neighbor also reported Walter had been drinking beer.

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When law enforcement arrived, Walter was gone. While searching for Walter, law enforcement received another call that Walter was driving his lawn tractor in and out of the ditch and pushing dirt with the tractor.

Upon arrival, law enforcement found Walter in the middle of the road with his lawn tractor stopped. Walter drove into his yard when he saw an officer arrive. He refused to say what alcohol he had been drinking and performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

He was arrested for drunken driving, according to court documents, his fourth one.

A preliminary breath test showed he had a 0.188 blood alcohol level, but he refused a blood draw for testing. By the time a judge signed a search warrant for a blood draw, his blood alcohol level was at 0.109. The legal driving limit is 0.08.

Fourth-offense DUI carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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