A Colorado man made national headlines after he was pulled over for speeding by police in Springfield, Colorado, over the weekend and tried to blame it on his dog.
CBS News reports that after pulling over, the police officer witnessed the suspect driver attempting to switch places with a dog in the passenger seat. He then got out of the passenger side of the car and told police he hadn’t been the one behind the wheel.
According to the police report and the officer’s Facebook page, the man clearly showed signs of intoxication. When questioned by police about whether he had been drinking, the suspect attempted to flee the scene but was caught by officers some 20 yards away.
The man was taken to an area hospital to be checked out, and a toxicology screen was performed. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving while impaired, driving at a speed of 20 to 24 miles per hour over the speed limit, and for previous outstanding warrants.
According to the Facebook post, the man became lost while driving from Pueblo, Colorado, to Las Animas.
Police told reporters that the dog was given to an acquaintance of the driver to be looked after while the suspect is in jail.
“The dog will not be facing any charges and was let go with a warning,” Police said.