Nearly everyone in the state of Michigan knows it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, but what about operating a type of vehicle that isn’t motorized? Where does the law stand on that?
A man in Florida may have the answer to this question now after police arrested him for riding a horse while drunk.
According to police reports, complaints had been coming into the police station for awhile about a man on horseback who was disrupting traffic and making, what witnesses claim, was a spectacle of himself.
When police went to investigate, they found a 29-year-old man sitting atop a horse nearing the center of town. When police asked him to dismount, he allegedly refused and reared his horse in an aggressive manner before riding off.
He apparently weaved in and out of traffic in town, eventually riding his horse onto railroad tracks. Police claim that they did not begin chasing him at first out of concern for the safety of the public and the horse.
After being stopped by his father and pulled from the horse, the young man allegedly took off on foot and ran into a wooded area where police later found him and took him into custody.
His bail was set for $7,250 but reports have not stated whether or not he has been released yet. He is being charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence, aggravated fleeing and eluding, petty theft and cruelty to animals.
Source: ABC News, “Drunken Man on Horseback Leads Police on Chase Across Florida Town,” Suzan Clarke, Sept. 28, 2012