MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man charged in October 2007 with attempting to flee from police while riding a lawnmower under the influence of alcohol entered a no-contest plea Thursday to a misdemeanor count of DUI first offense, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.
Michael E. Ginevan, 40, of Goldmiller Road, was fined $200 and ordered to pay another $95 in fees and $185.50 in court costs as part of a plea agreement presented to Magistrate JoAnn Overington.
Ginevan was credited for already serving 24 hours in jail, according to court records.
Originally charged with obstructing and fleeing while DUI, a felony charge, Ginevan was found by a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy on Oct. 1, 2007, riding a lawnmower that had a case of beer strapped on the front of the machine, according to court records.
Police initially were dispatched to check on the welfare of a man who was operating a lawnmower while intoxicated in the 2000 block of Runnymeade Road about 7 p.m., according to court records.