Murfreesboro man arrested again for riding lawn mower drunk

Murfreesboro man arrested again for riding lawn mower drunk (Image 1)

For the second time in less than a week, a Murfreesboro man was arrested for riding his lawn mower while drunk.

Patrick Moore was arrested Wednesday for riding his lawn mower through his neighborhood.

A Murfreesboro police officer spotted Moore near the intersection of Battle and Bridge avenues, not far from Moore’s home.

“The subject appeared to be unsteady, bobbing back and forth while seated on the lawn mower,” the arresting officer wrote. “Mr. Moore failed to perform field sobriety test as explained and demonstrated to him. Mr. Moore also admitted to drinking one beer.”

The officer charged Moore with his fourth DUI and driving on a revoked license second offense.

Just last week, the 48-year-old was arrested for public intoxication after a neighbor complained Moore was mowing their lawn without permission.

“He just pulled in and started cutting,” Jim Glover who lives next door to the home Moore was arrested at last week said. “When we came back, we thought they had hired him, but they hadn’t. He was just cutting the grass.”

Glover said while some laughed at the situation, he thought it was a serious concern.

“I didn’t think it was funny. I thought he is going to run over some kid,” he said.

Moore’s stepdaughter told News 2 Thursday that his family is concerned about him and hopes his latest arrest will be enough to help him stop drinking.

“We just really want him to get better because it’s starting to get out of hand,” Caroline Burkhart said. “He’s been in rehab before for it and he was doing really good because he didn’t drink for almost a year and then he sort of relapsed.”

She added Moore frequently drives his riding mower to get around his Bridge Avenue neighborhood and has been warned by police to not drink and drive while operating the machinery.

Moore was booked into the Rutherford County jail where he remains on $16,500 bond.

His stepdaughter told News 2 her family does not plan to bail him out of jail for this latest arrest.

“He has gotten out of hand again and him being in jail, we hope he will take the time to realize that he needs to get his life under control,” she said.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving said Moore’s repeated arrests for DUI are a clear sign he needs to address his use of alcohol.

Tammy Aulidge works with MADD. Her 16-year-old daughter Shelby was killed along with her best friend Jamie Burns July 4, 2008 by a drunk driver who had previous drinking and driving incidents.

“It’s not funny at all and somebody needs to help him because he is not realizing what he could do and all it takes is one other time,” she said. “He has been lucky he hasn’t hurt somebody already.”

MADD was founded in 1980 by a California mother after her teenage daughter was killed by a drunk driver.

Moore is scheduled to be back in court on June 24.

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