An impaired man was stopped on Thursday night while driving his riding lawnmower on a sidewalk on Clearbrook Road.

An impaired man was stopped on Thursday night while driving his riding lawnmower on a sidewalk on Clearbrook Road.

Police stop impaired driver riding lawnmower

An Abbotsford man was heading to the liquor store on Thursday night, on an old Craftsman riding mower.

  • Jun. 24, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Abbotsford Police stopped a local man who was driving his riding lawnmower on the sidewalk in the area of Clearbrook Road and South Fraser Way on Thursday evening.

Const. Ian MacDonald told the News that the man, age 56, was riding a white Craftsman lawnmower, with a bright orange cone on it.

“It was easy to see,” joked MacDonald.

The man was asked to take a Breathalyzer test, and after failing was given a ride home by police.

The lawnmower was towed away.

MacDonald said the man told police he was heading to a nearby liquor store.

The man’s lawnmower has been impounded for seven days and he was fined.

MacDonald said the man lived only a few blocks away, but decided to ride rather than walk.

It’s “never a good idea” to drive a lawnmower on the sidewalk, impaired or not, said MacDonald.