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Cops: Drunk man took lawnmower on beer run

Pennsylvania State Police say a man was drunk when he hopped on a lawn tractor and drove it to buy more beer.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Pennsylvania State Police say a man was drunk when he hopped on a lawn tractor and drove it to buy more beer.

Police say 63-year-old Ford Earl Broome, of Export, was stopped by a state trooper at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The trooper says he stopped Broome near a tavern, and that Broome smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. Police say Broome denied drinking, but then acknowledged he "drank a little" before driving the tractor to a bar to buy more beer.

The alleged incident was similar to a famous episode when country singer George Jones, whose wife had taken away his car keys to prevent him from buying booze, drove his lawnmower to a local liquor store. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

Over limit
Police say Broome's blood-alcohol content was about double the state's legal limit for drivers.

Broome did not immediately return a message left at his house Friday. His preliminary hearing is Dec. 14.