The Lawnmower Man

This semi-regular feature will be focusing on some of the stupidest news stories on our wonderful planet.  All these stories are true and the people are as real as they are stupid.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A man led police on a very slow-speed chase, refusing to stop while riding a lawn mower at about 3 mph across a busy street and steering it toward an officer before he was grabbed and arrested, a police report says.

Now, authorities say, the question is whether Stephen Ray Castor, 53, already under investigation in the breaking of a window of a man's house and the episode with the officer, can also be charged with drunken driving. State law is silent on whether riding mowers are covered by the law against driving under the influence.

Castor remained in the Clark County Jail with bail set at $40,000 pending a court appearance Friday.

Police said the chase began late Monday afternoon after Jason Taylor reported that Castor — a stranger to him — cursed at him, rode the mower through his fence gate and smashed a window with a lawn chair.

Castor drove the mower across a boulevard and down a city street, the police report said. Officer Gregory J. Hibbard got out of his patrol car and told Castor to stop, then had to sidestep to avoid being hit, the report said.

Shortly afterward, several officers pulled Castor off the mower and arrested him.

The Columbian,

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/28/2008 20:58  |    12 | Source


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funcravers (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 3/9/2008 12:16
yay. ! Thats my newspaper. Vancouver washington is BOMB!

Fuzzyleaves (Level 5 Detective) @ 3/1/2008 11:16
no... stupid stuff... not stupid people

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 3/1/2008 07:16
are you saying that we are stupid?

Fuzzyleaves (Level 5 Detective) @ 2/29/2008 16:06
yes, if we wanna talk about stupid stuff...

chess (Level 8 Shodan) @ 2/29/2008 14:03
what a nice idea!

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 2/29/2008 12:59

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 2/29/2008 12:51
The news doesn't have to be about pixel art.  We've had this debate at some other point, I think under a politically slanted topic.
Also, 5 bucks says this guy was born in Alabama.

AdamPlays (Level 6 SWAT) @ 2/29/2008 10:26
I agree.  I usually go to sites like totallycrap for this type of news.  But if people like it here then who am I to say.

zAk (Level 3 Stalker) @ 2/29/2008 09:46
those sites and news are funny and great... but this *is* a pixel art website... im not sure if they fit here on the front page...

Fuzzyleaves (Level 5 Detective) @ 2/29/2008 07:31
Crime-fearing female pedestrians in Tokyo can soon protect themselves with fashion designer Aya Tsukioka's skirt that opens into a realistic-looking (except made of fabric), full-size vending machine that she hopes thugs will pass right by. It's one of several fanciful crime-avoiding creations of the genre that Japanese inventors are noted for, according to an October New York Times dispatch. Another, the "manhole bag," resembles a sewer covering when laid on the ground but can hold a person's valuables, again provided that the thug passes it up. Yet another is women's wraparound sunglasses that are extra-dark so that even shy, eye-contact-avoiding females can stare unobserved at potential perverts in trains to guard against the ubiquitous groping. [New York Times, 10-20-07] <- Picture

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Is this how the post should be like?

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 2/29/2008 01:41
so we should just start to submit these stories? well, we got some great content here in hcile too :P

Christoballs (Level 6 Saber-toothed Tiger) @ 2/29/2008 00:17

The Fortean Times has got funny and incredibly weird stories too... I don't know if it still exists... I'll go check.

AND it is! I never knew it was online! Oh well... You learn something new every day...

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