Punta Gorda Man on Lawn Tractor Charged With DUI

It’s illegal to operate any motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 58-year old Kenneth Smith of Punta Gorda found that out the hard way last night when CCSO deputies responded to a complaint of a lawn tractor operating in the road near US 41 and Richmond Street. Deputies noticed Smith had an open container of beer in the lawn tractor’s cup holder. He was arrested and charged with driving under the Influence, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, violation of driver license restriction and corruption by threat against a public servant.

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