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Man with case of beer strapped to mower charged with DUI

October 03, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was arraigned Tuesday for allegedly attempting to flee from police while riding a lawnmower while under the influence of alcohol, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Michael Elroy Ginevan, 39, of 3187 Goldmiller Road, was charged with obstructing and fleeing while DUI. He was being held Tuesday evening in Eastern Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond set by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg.

A case of beer was strapped to the front of the lawnmower when Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy J.H. Jenkins caught up with the man, according to the officer's complaint.

Initially dispatched about 7 p.m. Monday to investigate the welfare of a man reportedly operating a lawnmower while intoxicated in the 2000 block of Runnymeade Road, Jenkins said in his complaint that the accused did not respond to the deputy's lights and sirens when he found him.


The 2000 block of Runnymeade Road is about a mile or so from the Goldmiller Road address listed as the man's southern Berkeley County residence on court records.

"Once the operator of the vehicle saw me, he then tried to speed up so that would not catch him," Jenkins said in his complaint.

Jenkins said he stopped his vehicle, jumped out and caught up with the lawnmower on foot.

After the man still failed to stop, Jenkins said he pulled him off the lawnmower and placed him in custody.

Jenkins said in his complaint that the man had the smell of alcohol on his breath and refused to take field sobriety tests, but admitted to the officer that he had been drinking.

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