Lonnie Michael Haney was stopped in Olive Springs, just outside the Oak Ridge city limit, in East Tennessee and charged with DUI. Haney was riding his John Deere lawnmower at the time. The arresting officer said that Haney was swerving down a major 4-lane boulevard. The suspect exhibited signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, a strong odor of alcohol and red glossy eyes.
Haney, 46, failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to additional tests. He said he was driving to Hilltop Market in Oak Ridge. The officer had to place a protective helmet on Haney because he continued to bash his head against the protective cage in the police cruiser.
It was Haney’s fifth arrest for driving under the influence in Tennessee, and charge was filed as a felony. He was also charged with refusal to submit to a breath or blood test.