Man Faces Serious Time for Alleged DUI on Lawnmower

A man from Jersey County is currently facing a Class X felony after he was allegedly caught driving a riding lawnmower while under the influence of methamphetamine.

Furthermore, he was facing charges of aggravated battery originating from an incident in April, and was on probation for a 2016 conviction on a weapons offense, according to court records.

Jeffrey L. Wells, 54, who had addresses in both Eldred and Otterville listed in court documents, was arrested on June 6 after he was supposedly caught driving an unregistered 2001 Ariens riding lawnmower on Mill Street in Otterville. Court documents indicated that he was under the influence of methamphetamine during the arrest.

He was also charged with one count each of driving while driver’s license is revoked and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, both Class 3 felonies; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the Circuit Clerk’s Office, as of Thursday, he was in custody at the Jersey County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.

As indicated by court documents Wells has seven past DUI convictions from Madison County dating back to 1990. He also has a 2016 conviction for unlawful possession of a weapon after he was discovered to be a felon in possession of a .22 caliber handgun, and also had a pending aggravated domestic battery charge from an April 4 incident. Court documents show that the Jersey County State’s Attorney’s Office is attempting to have his probation rescinded.

If convicted on the Class X felony charge he faces 6-30 years in prison.

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