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Man on a mower is convicted of driving while intoxicated

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A jury verdict handed down in Douglas County sends this stern message to would-be gardeners: Don't drink and mow.

Jereme Quinten Pinedo, 22, was convicted Friday of piloting his green 15-horsepower Craftsman lawn mower under the influence. He was also found guilty of driving with a suspended license.Two sheriff's officers testified that they were on patrol the night of Feb. 7 when they came upon Pinedo and a friend.

"We came around the corner and saw two sets of headlights real close together," Sgt. Dan Hoy said. "When we got close, it was two gentlemen - each on a riding lawn mower."

Pinedo testified that he and his friend were just turning their mowers around, but deputies said they watched the pair for at least 10 seconds before pulling them over.

That's when they said they smelled alcohol on Pinedo's breath. Pinedo refused a field breath test, but a test taken an hour later showed a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, said Hoy's partner, deputy Ben Kempke.