Teen charged after allegedly driving lawnmower while intoxicated

COVINGTON — A Social Circle teen has been arrested after he allegedly had been drinking and drove a lawn mower into the side of a neighbor’s home.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the Country Walk subdivision sometime around 3:30 p.m. Friday when a resident reported that two juveniles who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol were riding a lawn mower in an erratic manner.

One of the juveniles was reportedly sitting on the hood of the mower while the other was steering. At some point, the juveniles hit a brush pile, jumped a fence and crashed into a pile of bricks, the incident report states.

Deputy James Stevens responded to the scene and found the juveniles at a home on Fiddle Creek Drive.

“I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from one of the juveniles. The juvenile was slurring his speech and swaying back and forth,” he reported.

The deputy stated that the young man, later identified as 17-year-old Kenneth Corey Craig Starnes of 50 Fiddle Creek Drive, repeatedly used obscene and vulgar language.

“I had advised the juvenile multiple times not to use profanity in the public’s hearing due to several small children playing across the street,” Stevens stated, and added that Starnes began fighting as he attempted to place him under arrest.

Starnes was later charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and underage consumption of alcohol.