Man Arrested For Early Morning Mowing
September 1, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 1 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man arrested for mowing his lawn and that of a neighbor at 4:30 a.m. said he was just trying to do a good deed.
Phil Ray Gage, 40, of Oklahoma City, who was arrested on a disturbing the peace charge after a neighbor complained about the noise from his mowing Friday morning, said he has been mowing in the early morning hours for 10 years and never heard any complaints until he was arrested while finishing up his neighbor’s yard Friday, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, reported Thursday.
“When the officer came up to me she asked me if I knew it was illegal to mow at that time of day,” Gage said. “I thought she was cracking a joke. Then she told me to get up against the car, and she put cuffs on me.”
“I’m a carpenter, so I have to mow when I can,” he said. “That time is just what works best because of the heat and my job.”
Gage said he was trying to do a good deed by mowing his neighbor’s lawn.
Gage was released after signing a citation for the disturbing the peace charge. He said he plans to fight the ticket.