4:30 a.m. mowing leads to Oklahoma City man's arrest

Phil Ray Gage, 40, of Oklahoma City ran into trouble Friday when he mowed his yard at 4:30 a.m., drawing complaints from at least one neighbor.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: August 30, 2011
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An Oklahoma City man said he was doing a good deed when he was arrested and cited for mowing his yard and a neighbor's yard Friday morning.

Phil Ray Gage, 40, was arrested on a complaint of disturbing the peace after a neighbor called police to report him for mowing a lawn at 2529 NW 33 at 4:30 a.m., Oklahoma City police said.

He was released by police at the scene after he signed a citation for disturbing the peace.

But Gage said he's been mowing in the early morning hours for 10 years, and nobody has complained before.

He said when he was arrested he was in the process of finishing up mowing his neighbor's yard.

“When the officer came up to me she asked me if I knew it was illegal to mow at that time of day,” Gage said. “I thought she was cracking a joke. Then she told me to get up against the car, and she put cuffs on me.”

Gage said he mows in the early morning hours because of the heat and because it fits his work schedule best.

Gage said the light from his neighbor's yard and his yard provides enough light for him to mow.

“I'm a carpenter, so I have to mow when I can,” he said. “That time is just what works best because of the heat and my job.”

Gage said he never has had problems with his neighbors.

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