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W.Va. man charged with trying to flee police on riding mower pleads no contest

April 18, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

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.

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The 2000 block of Runnymeade Road is about a mile from the Goldmiller Road address that was listed as the man's southern Berkeley County residence in court records last year.

After he saw the deputy, Ginevan supposedly attempted to speed up and avoid arrest and ignored the officer's lights and sirens, according to court records.

The deputy eventually caught up with the lawnmower on foot, then pulled the defendant off the machine after he still failed to stop, according to court records.

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