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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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“We watch out for each other's houses. I have phone numbers for just about all my neighbors except for the guy that lives across the street. I don't know him as well.”

Gage said he would have stopped mowing in the early morning hours if someone had asked him to.

“I just wished he would have talked to me about it before he called the police,” he said. “If people wanted me to stop, I'd stop.”

Gage said he intends to fight the ticket.

“I'm going to try to fight it,” he said. “It's unreal how I got treated for mowing a yard.”

According to police reports, Gage became argumentative when officers arrived and asked him to turn off his mower, but Gage said he complied immediately.

“I did what she told me to do,” he said. “Believe me, if I had said one thing to her she would have taken me to jail.”

The neighbor who called police could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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