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man on tractor gets dui

March 31, 2001

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man on tractor gets dui

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PORTAGE -- Portage police said Robert A. Funke hopped on his Yard Machine lawn tractor and headed down Central Avenue, near Sand Avenue, at 5 mph.

But Officer Dennis Bailey saw the tractor weaving in the travel lane at 5 p.m. Wednesday, so he stopped Funke, police said. The officer said he asked for a driver's license from Funke, 76, of 5309 Clem Road, but Funke said he didn't need one to operate a lawn tractor.

The officer observed signs of alcohol consumption and had Funke perform field sobriety tests and a breath test, police said. His blood alcohol level tested at 0.14 percent, more than the 0.1 percent standard of intoxication in Indiana, according to police.

Funke was arrested on a drunken driving charge and his lawn tractor was impounded. A relative of Funke told The Times that Funke was on his way home when arrested.

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