Bobby ClevelandAn excellent story out of Florida:

Getaway cars are supposed to be fast. And they’re supposed to be cars.

Those two facts apparently eluded a Florida man, who police say attempted to evade arrest by riding a slow-moving lawn mower on Wednesday.

The man didn’t make it far, and obviously no story on lawn mower speed would be complete without the informed perspective of our own Engine Answerman Bobby Cleveland:

Cleveland told AOL News that there are few escape vehicles slower than a store-bought mower.

“You could get it to about 7 or 8 miles per hour — max,” said Cleveland, who last week shattered existing speed records when his souped-up mower reached 96.529 mph on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.

But getting a lawn mower to that kind of speed takes a great deal of work on the engine and transmission, not to mention a great deal of skill behind the wheel.

Read the whole story here.


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