Is Your Grass Brown? Great Grandmother Arrested for Not Watering Her Lawn

OREM, UTAH – Betty Perry pleaded innocent Tuesday, September 18, 2007 to charges she failed to water her lawn and resisted arrest when a police officer from the Neighborhood Preservation Unit attempted to write her a citation.

The police were attempting to prosecute a 70-year-old great-grandmother for allegedly not watering her lawn, when Betty refused to give her name to the police officer, and then tripped in her front yard and injured her nose from a fall while returning to her house.

In July, Perry was cited by Officer James Flygare of the police’s Neighborhood Preservation Unit for failing to water her lawn. When Officer Flygare tried to stop her from going back inside her house, she reportedly tripped and injured her nose.  She was then arrested and taken to the police station and released shortly afterwards.

The landscape violation is a class C misdemeanor, and interfering with a police officer is a class B misdemeanor.

Grandma Betty Perry’s next appearance will be on Oct. 11 for a pre-trial conference.