Police arrested Gary Wayne Anderson, 68, for a DUI charge after he crashed his lawn mower into a Haines City police vehicle.
Anderson’s driver’s license has been suspended since 1978. He has two prior DUI convictions.
Anderson failed the field sobriety test and was taken to the Haines City Police Department. At the department, Anderson told officers he had been poisoned by police and demanded to be taken to a hospital, the HCPD said.
At Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, his blood-alcohol level was .241 – more than three times the legal limit of 0.08%, according to Mike Ferguson, a spokesman for the HCPD. Cocaine was also found in Anderson’s system, police reported.
The crash caused minor damage to the rear bumper of the police car.
According to Chief Elensky of the Haines City, Police Department, “It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk, even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere.”