DUI Suspect on Horseback Leads Whittier Police On a Chase

It’s a common misconception that if someone is facing the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they must be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. It doesn’t mean that it is a car, truck, motorcycle, or even a lawnmower. If you choose to travel on our streets and roads while under the influence, the same rules apply; you can face the charge of DUI. 

The Press-Democrat reports that one man found the same laws apply, even if you happen to be on a horse.

According to the statement issued by the Whittier Police Department, the incident happened on Saturday, October 15, when officers spotted a man on a horse galloping down the street. 

When officers instructed the man to pull over his mount, he refused. A chase through the streets of the city then ensued. After riding several blocks through weekend traffic, the man finally pulled his horse over. Field sobriety tests indicated that the would-be outlaw was riding under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into custody.

“An intoxicated person on a horse, galloping through traffic… refusing to pull the horse over… that was our afternoon.”  – Whittier Police said on Instagram.

Whittier authorities had not yet released his identity at the time of the report.

The horse was taken to the Whittier Police Station, where he received lots of love from the officers on duty. 

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