In Lakeland, Florida a woman was arrested on Friday for riding a horse down a busy highway while drunk. A concerned citizen called 911 to report seeing the 53-year-old woman riding her horse and appearing to be confused and possibly in danger.
According to CbsNews, Polk County Sheriff deputies performed a sobriety test on Donna Byrne and stated her breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 – were twice Florida’s legal limit of .08. Authorities charged Byrne with DUI and animal neglect for endangering the life of her horse and failing to provide proper protection for the animal.
In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel, Sheriff Grady Judd stated:
“Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road. She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy.”
Byrne has several previous animal cruelty and drug possession arrests. The horse has been moved to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. The horse named Boduke was tied to the police cruiser and peacefully chomped on grass while the arrest was underway. He will likely be returned to Byrne unless authorities decide to fight her for custody of the horse.
(Photos of Byrnes DUI while riding horse screenshot Diane Dodge AP and sheriff’s office)
Byrnes was booked into the Polk County Jail.
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