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Iowa man arrested on felony charges after driving riding mower while intoxicated and running over 3-year-old child


This news story was published on June 6, 2019.
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HAWKEYE, IOWA – An Iowa man has been arrested on felony charges after driving a riding mower while intoxicated and running over a 3-year-old child.

On June 5, 2019, at approximately 8:43 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that a 3 year old female had been run over by a lawn mower and received serious injuries. This incident happened in the town of Hawkeye on East Burger Street. The child received medical attention on scene by TriState Ambulance and was then transported by Gundersen Air helicopter to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Upon further investigation, the driver of the lawn mower was identified as Tanner J. Miller, age 23 of Hawkeye. Miller was mowing at the residence when he backed over the child. Upon further investigation it was discovered he was intoxicated. Miller was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor) and Homicide or serious injury by vehicle, a class “D” felony. Miller was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he awaits an initial appearance. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawkeye Fire Department, Hawkeye First Responders, and TriState Ambulance. This collision is being investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Technical Collision Investigator.

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4 Responses to Iowa man arrested on felony charges after driving riding mower while intoxicated and running over 3-year-old child

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    Anna Moose Reply Report comment

    June 8, 2019 at 9:48 am

    This article leaves out information that I would like to know. What’s the relationship of this party to the child? Because the child was airlifted to Mayo, that means it was serious injuries. How seriously injured was this child? Inquiring minds want to know. Why was a 3 yr old toddler left to run while someone was mowing? Where’s the rest of the story?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

    owi for a riding lawn mower? it was on private property…. he ran a kid over, rail him for that. dont set dangerous precedent with booze and mowers. pretty sure over half the people that mow do it drunk. cuz it sucks.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 7, 2019 at 10:17 am

      It’s the law and has always been the law. The can arrest you for drunk diving while sitting in you car in your driveway.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm

        doesnt make it sensible. just think the focus should be on wether or not it was a drunken ACCIDENT or if being drunk is an excuse. either way the kid being run down by a lawmmower should be the issue. thinking the charge for that should take priority.