GREELEY – A 53-year-old Greeley man accused of barhopping aboard a lawnmower faces a misdemeanor DUI charge, according to the Weld County District Attorney's Office.
According to the arrest affidavit, Kenneth Welton was arrested at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after visiting two bars. Witnesses saw him driving the wrong way on 8th Avenue on a riding lawnmower.
Police say Welton had bloodshot, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, difficulty with motor skills and slurred speech. He refused roadside sobriety testing, according to the affidavit, and told police that he'd only had two drinks.
Welton said he was just trying to help. He told 9NEWS that he was cutting roadside weeds after work with his nephew's lawnmower.
According to Welton, he stopped at a bar and had a couple of drinks after the lawnmower broke. He claims that he never drove the Craftsman riding lawnmower after drinking.
"I wasn't attempting to get on the mower or anything," Welton said. "I actually had a ride coming to pick me up."
The arrest affidavit says he is a habitual traffic offender and has a revoked driver's license.
Records show that Welton has been charged with multiple DUIs and driving with a revoked license.
Welton is due in court at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1 for an arraignment.
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