Horse Riders Busted for DWI

Two Austin riders arrested on DWI charges

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 2:57 PM CDT
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Two men, each dressed in cowboy hats and chaps, one on a horse and the other on a donkey were arrested for public intoxication on Sixth Street in <a title=Austin." />

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Two men, each dressed in cowboy hats and chaps, one on a horse and the other on a donkey were arrested for public intoxication on Sixth Street in Austin.

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by Bruce Felps

Austin’s 6th Street attracts some pretty odd behavior, and it probably doesn’t get much weirder than two guys busted for DWI while riding horses.

To be fair, one rode a horse and the other rode a mule, according to this story.

The allegedly toasted guys rode the street and invited folks to pose for photos with them and their steeds. Police saw the pair, said, “Hmm,” and pulled them over after a no-speed chase.

"In the city of Austin it is legal to ride a horse on a public street," Commander Dusterhoft was quoted in the report. "What we were obviously concerned about is them being intoxicated, inviting people out into the street causing a danger, causing a danger to themselves, the public, the horses."

But does a horse qualify as a motor vehicle? That question, apparently, will be left to a court.

One guy was so liquored up, according to the report (and the video above), that he not only failed the field sobriety test he failed to complete the field sobriety test, which might be understandable after spending time in the saddle.

Still, it should be a lesson to all of us. Friends don’t let friends ride drunk…unless, of course, that friend is drunk too.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He rode drunk once and that wicked little merry-go-round horse left him in the dust.
 

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