A Davenport man who police said drove his riding mower intoxicated through a crowd at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds over the weekend is charged with a felony.

Stephen L. Fenner, 49, was arrested and released from jail Saturday. He’s charged with operating while intoxicated, third offense.

An arrest affidavit states that about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Fenner was driving a green John Deere riding mower through the crowd and appeared intoxicated. He then headed toward an officer and was stopped. 

The officer noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes were watery and blood shot. When asked to step off his mower, he nearly lost his balance and swayed from side to side. 

As he performed a standard sobriety test, he lost his balance and fell backward into a picnic table. He refused further sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

A breath test revealed a blood alcohol content, or BAC, estimate of 0.125 percent, the affidavit states. The legal limit to drive in Iowa is 0.08.

Fair director Bob Fox said Fenner was not part of an event at the fair and drove his tractor down Locust Street and into the fairgrounds.

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