Man charged with DUI for lawnmower beer run

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | 2:36 p.m. CDT; updated 4:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 4, 2009

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — With a revoked license because of a previous drunken-driving conviction, Dennis Cretton shouldn't drive.

But authorities in southwestern Illinois say that didn't stop the 49-year-old Belleville-area man from drunkenly driving up to a gas station for more beer — on his yellow riding lawnmower.

Cretton has been charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence after neighbors reported he was weaving in and out of traffic on his lawnmower Friday night.

When deputies tried to stop him, authorities said Bretton drove the mower into his home's front yard, his 12-pack of Milwaukee's Best spilling onto the ground along the way.

Cretton is free on $10,000 bond. Calls to his home went unanswered Tuesday.

The arrest was one of two drunken mower arrests on Friday. Earlier, the Missourian published the Associated Press report of the Carterville arrest.


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