A woman in Florida was charged with DUI after riding a horse drunk. The 53-year-old woman from Lakeland was busted riding her horse down a busy highway while intoxicated. Several drivers called police (horses aren’t allowed on the interstate anywhere), and Polk County Sheriff’s officials responded. The woman was riding her horse in the road, and when police gave her a breath alcohol test, she blew more than twice Florida’s legal limit.
“[The woman] was obviously not in any condition to be on the road,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy.”
The woman was booked into jail. Her past criminal record includes five felonies and 10 misdemeanors, including those for animal cruelty, drug possession, and other crimes.
It’s not illegal in every state, though. In fact, a Louisiana man was able to escape a DUI charge when he hitched a ride from his horse in 2015. The horse was waiting patiently outside a bar for him, tucked safely in a horse trailer. Fortunately, the man recognized that he was too inebriated to drive – and although authorities couldn’t arrest him for DUI because he wasn’t in a motorized vehicle, he did get a ticket for public intoxication.
In Texas and Alabama, it’s definitely illegal; in Michigan, too. One man was arrested for riding a horse through Boulder, Colorado while drunk.
The bottom line: It might be safer to ride a horse home if you’ve been drinking, but it’s probably better to Uber.
What Do You Think?
Do you think it should be illegal to ride a horse while drunk? Is it a form of animal cruelty, or are horses really man’s best friend at 2 a.m.?