. . .this from today's Chicago Sun-Times:
November 24, 2005
SPRINGFIELD -- Bad idea: fleeing from police in a stolen car. Terrible idea: fleeing in a stolen lawn mower.
But that's what police say a ''happy drunk'' did, a decision that landed the suspect back in prison for violating his parole.
Police say they got a tip about a stolen riding lawn mower. When they investigated, they spotted a man driving across a cornfield near Springfield.
''I happened to be driving south when the call went out, and lo and behold, off to the west there was this man bouncing through the cornfield with his ponytail flopping in the breeze,'' said Kurt Taraba, a police officer in the suburb of Southern View.
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