A 29-year-old Flagler County man received a DUI Friday for allegedly being intoxicated while on a galloping horse.
According to police, the man led them on a chase in downtown Bunnell for more than five hours. They apparently had to stop traffic and a train on US-1 when he rode onto the tracks.
Reports indicate that the chase ended when the man’s father caught up to the man
and tackled him off of the horse.
The man apparently ran into the woods, but was eventually chased out by a police K-9.
While it may sound absurd, it is entirely possible to receive a DUI on a horse. In the state of Florida, authorities have the right to arrest those suspected of driving a vehicle or riding a horse while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Regardless of the mode of transportation, when you are facing DUI charges you must act fast and seek the help of a Florida DUI Attorney to assist with your defense.
Any person operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or greater can be found guilty of DUI in Florida. While some states do not recognize a horse as a proper vehicle for prosecuting a DUI, prosecutors in Florida are able to pursue DUI convictions for not just horses, but golf carts, scooters, mopeds, boats, motorized wheel chairs and even lawn mowers. Police view those riding an animal or driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription pills as a threat to other pedestrians and motorists sharing the road. A DUI conviction could result in jail or prison time and significant fines. While a DUI on a horse may seem silly, these charges are serious and must be defended right away. As former prosecutors, The Florida DUI Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can explain the laws that apply to your unique situation and provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need to fight the charges stacked against you.
If you have been arrested for DUI while operating any type of vehicle or animal in the state of Florida, contact the Florida DUI Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or dial us statewide and toll-free anytime at 1-866-608-5529.