September 20, 2010

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Mowing under the influence

SWAN LAKE – A man, whose driver’s license was suspended for driving with a blood alcohol content of .29 percent in late August, was found slumped over on his riding lawnmower Saturday evening.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man slumped over in Swan Lake and found Barry Foster, 53, of Mount Hope Road, sitting on his lawnmower not far from his home.

He appeared to be intoxicated. Police said he rode his mower to the Swan Lake Store on Briscoe Road to purchase beer and on the way back, passed out. Paramedics from Mobile Life transported him to Catskill Regional Medical Center where he was admitted.

Foster is no stranger to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested for DWI on August 29 at Bethel Woods after deputies received a report of an erratic driver on Hurd Road. He was stopped by deputies and state troopers on ATVs, who were patrolling the Brooks and Dunn concert.


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