Secondly, there is a provision in the law that forbids not just the operation of a motor vehicle, but also simply being in control of a vehicle. So Valente’s presence on the tractor was likely a contributing factor in this arrest.
While being on private property does offer some protection from the law, there were mitigating circumstances in Valente’s case that gave police the grounds to make an arrest.
For those foolish individuals who flout the law and insist on driving while intoxicated, it must be tempting to think that they can simply cross some magical line beyond which arrest is impossible. But the law does not work that way.
When it comes to drinking and driving, it’s not as simple as “olly-olly-oxen-free.”