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Kennebunk man was drunk when he drove riding lawn mower to store for beer, police say

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police arrested a Kennebunk man who allegedly drove while intoxicated on a riding lawn mower from his home to a nearby convenience store to buy beer.

Tony M. Caulder, 51, of 2 Mill St., was arrested in the late afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 19 and charged with driving under the influence and operating after suspension.

Police Lt. Tony Bean Burpee said Caulder allegedly drove from his Mill St. home to Cummings Market, located on Alfred Road approximately one mile away, where he attempted to buy beer. Bean Burpee said store employees believed Caulder was intoxicated and would not sell to him.

“They followed him outside to make sure he wasn’t getting into a car, and in fact, he hopped on to a lawn mower,” Bean Burpee said, adding that the employees then called police.

Officer Audra Presby located Caulder on Alfred Road and pulled him over on the riding lawn mower.

“The law says it is a motor vehicle, and you can’t operate while you’re intoxicated,” Bean Burpee said. “By law it is a motor vehicle, so he was arrested for OUI.”

On Monday, Bean Burpee said he did not immediately know how far over the legal limit Caulder was, but said it was “a good percentage.”

Caulder is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court on Jan. 8, 2014.

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