OCT. 22 — He explained to the police officers that he just wanted his grandchildren to have some fun.
A 61-year-old man from Beckley, W.Va., was stopped by the police Oct. 13 when he was seen on his riding lawnmower towing a 15-foot powerboat filled with kids, all around age 4, according to the Associated Press.
The man was towing the kids along city streets and had just arrived at Beckley’s King Tut Drive-In at about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon when he was stopped by police and questioned, according to The Register-Herald. The man had traveled from his home in the nearby community of Bowling Addition and explained that he just wanted to take his grandchildren on an extra-special ride around town and treat them to some food.
The police, seeing the humor in the situation, did not charge the man but gave him a verbal warning because the children were not restrained in the boat in an area known for heavy traffic, according to the news report. Patrolman Jamie Blume said he didn’t think that the man was intentionally putting his grandchildren in danger.
The man was told to have someone else pick up the children and have them restrained with seatbelts, according to news report.
— Elizabeth Ellis