Skip to comments.Tractor ride around Capitol could bring trouble for driver (Madistan Wisconsin)
Posted on 03/16/2011 6:25:12 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
Tod Pulvermacher drew cheers from the crowd and plenty of attention from the news media Saturday as he chugged around the Capitol Square in Madison on a tractor pulling a manure spreader.
The attention could take a different turn.
A check of online court records shows that a Tod Pulvermacher has been convicted of drunken driving four times and has no valid driver's license. The license was revoked for 33 months on July 2, the date of his fourth conviction for operating while intoxicated.
The unusual spelling of the name, the age and the hometown listed in the online court records all match information that a man who identified himself as Tod Pulvermacher provided reporters during the protest march at the Capitol. Both the Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal featured Pulvermacher in their reports on the rally.
That Tod Pulvermacher, wearing a green plaid shirt and dark sunglasses, drove around the Capitol Square roughly a half-hour before the rest of the tractorcade appeared.
Online records also show a Tod Pulvermacher of Plain was convicted of marijuana possession in 2007 and 2008. The former case included his third drunken driving offense, which occurred May 27 in Sauk County.
A conviction for causing injury by drunken driving in 2002 is listed as his second OWI offense in the online court records.
It is illegal to operate a tractor on public roads without a valid driver's license, unless the activity is authorized as farming use.
Pulvermacher's tractor was pulling a manure spreader, but the only thing being spread was opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.
Calls made to Pulvermacher and his attorney on Tuesday were not returned.
I think I know where the professional nomadic agitators slept when they weren’t in the Capitol...
I’m sure it was a different guy. Tod Pulvermacher is a very common name.
Typical Democrat...dumb as a rock, but wants to be on TV.
“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son...”
“Im sure it was a different guy. Tod Pulvermacher is a very common name.”
LOL! At least he lives in Wisconsin, unlike so many of the other union protestors. That’s about the only positive I can say about Tod.
IIRC, DC got hit with a late snowstorm at the time, and the tractors
came in handy.
This guy is archtypical of a democrat DOPER.
A look at the how prison inmates voted (when they could) would show all to be democrats.
The party of CRIMINALS, by CRIMINALS, and FOR CRIMINALS.
It is illegal to operate a tractor on public roads without a valid driver’s license, unless the activity is authorized as farming use.
.... that must be a WI thing
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son...
That was interesting as I have lived in two highly agricutural states (KS & OK) and neither has a licensing requirement or a stipulation about "farming use". Just guessing here but it seems the WI legislature had to write a law to stop the squareheads with DUIs from using tractors as alternative bar-hopping transportation in the WI hinterlands.
Another in a long line of nitwits on the Left.
Some union goons in Wis were claiming that thousands of tractor driving farmers were going to converge on the Capitol in solidarity with the unions. I said that the farmers are just as sick as everyone else at the greed and viciousness of the govt unions and wouldn’t waste one nickel or minute in support. So, the only guy who shows up to support the thugs is a proven serial criminal. Typical.
you are exactly correct. In fact, a distant relative of ours drove an old Case around for years because he had his license revoked and just never bothered to go and get it reinstated.
Also, there were several farm tractor accidents in a short period of time involving children driving tractors...
Nope. Michigan also. Exceptions are made for under age driving farm vehicles but they have to be directly connected to a farming activity.
You have to have a valid license to operate a motorized vehicle on public roadways. Period.
Really, down in Mississippi, I used to take the tractor down to the store to get a coke and some candy at age 12 or 13.
I remember as a child visiting relatives on their farm and marveling that kids my age were driving the farm equipment. I thought it was really cool.
The last time I saw a sign in a manure spreader it said “Obama Wealth Spreader.”
This was in California, too! (On Hwy 152 EB, between I-5 and US 99)
California has a similar exception. If someone engaged in farming operates an "instrument of husbandry" it is legal to be on the roads even if the drivers license is suspended. I think a lot of states have a similar exception in their vehicle codes. I realize in the case in Wisconsin that the moron was not engaged in farming at the time he was driving the tractor. I'll leave the opinion as to whether or not he will be prosecuted to the experts.
I like your tag line, Bad Dog was great.
I’m sure every major network will jump to report this, just like Joe-The-Plumber.
Tractors and other farm equipment are common sights on most Wisconsin two-lane roads. Outside the cities of course.
Check open records on Tod Pulvermacher. Scum!
What an idiot.
My wife gets mad if I try to operate my “intrument of husbandry” in public.
If there was manure in the spreader he’s got a case.
Well I guess that makes it complete: a manure spreader outside of the Capital, manure spreaders inside it too.
Well, ya got a point there. If he was spreading manure, it’s no different than what the Unions and the Democrats are doing.
Yeah, sometimes wives just don't have a sense of humor.
Fits the picture of a drunk driving alcoholic democrat drug addict.
I remember it well; I was a 3rd year law student in DC at the time (1979). The farmers came from as far away as Missouri and even Colorado, and would do things like block outbound traffic on the 14th Street Bridge every so often. They had been in town for 4 or 5 months.
They agreed to plow the streets after it snowed 28 inches in 24 hours over the George Washington’s birthday holiday weekend. Congress voted them a small relief bill in thanks and they left town.
seems this will only happen during/in front of camera reports.
These people are just union thugs trying to confuse piss poor teachers or public employees with farmers.