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Florida Woman Charged With DUI After Drunk-Driving Her Horse On A Busy Freeway

By Nina / mardi 7 novembre 2017 12:00
A woman living in The Upside Down, otherwise known as Florida, was arrested last week after drunkenly guiding her horse onto the freeway.

Today’s oddball news takes us to one of FML’s favorite places - Florida, home to 53-year-old Donna Byrne and her horse. Last Thursday afternoon, Byrne decided to take her horse out for a nice 15 mile stroll from Lakeland to Polk City, about 35 miles east of Tampa. Going out for a ride wouldn’t have been so bizarre, had Donna not been on the freeway.

The odd sight, paired with a confused look on Byrne’s face concerned several passing drivers, who alerted police, saying that both she and her horse were in danger.

When police stopped her in Polk City, she dismounted her horse, wobbling like Jack Sparrow through Barbuda or literally anywhere.

“I can tell you it’s going to be interesting if (the DUI charge) goes through,” said a spokesman for the Polk County Sheriff's office said to the Washington Post. “The way sheriffs look at it, the woman put a saddle and bridle on this horse and was riding it to get from point A to point B. For all intents and purposes, we look at that as a vehicle.”

Since the ruling of California’s the People vs. Fong in 1993, people riding animals on the freeway are subject to the same rules as drivers, so Byrne was charged with driving under the influence, in a case in which her vehicle is a horse. She was also charged with animal neglect for putting the horse in danger.

The horse has been taken into custody by the Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control Livestock facility where he or she is nice and safe. As for Donna, who know what’s next for her in the strange world of Florida.

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By  Liongoddess8  |  15

How the hell is the horse considered a vehicle? Are my feet now vehicles because I use them to get from A to B? For fuck's sake. Also, why is the main issue here the fact that she's drunk and not the fact that she's riding a horse on a busy road, thus putting herself, the horse and other drivers in danger. Do cops in Florida have no common sense?

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By  Liongoddess8  |  15

How the hell is the horse considered a vehicle? Are my feet now vehicles because I use them to get from A to B? For fuck's sake. Also, why is the main issue here the fact that she's drunk and not the fact that she's riding a horse on a busy road, thus putting herself, the horse and other drivers in danger. Do cops in Florida have no common sense?

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  CamBen42  |  28

No, your feet are not vehicles unless you are riding someone else's like the child you're acting like by saying that horses cannot be considered legal vehicles. Motorcycles are not enclosed and are still vehicles. Same with golf carts, or forklifts. Bikes dont even use electricity and are still considered vehicles. If you ride it on an open road, it is liable to be considered a vehicle. If youre going to get mad about the horse's safety, how about actually reading the rest of the article where it addresses the horse and the animal abuse charges? It talks about her being drunk because nobody in their right mind would do something so stupid.

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  BlueSteele220  |  27

because it doesn't have to have a motor to be considered a vehicle. Ever think about how you can still get public intoxication while walking instead of a dui? definition of vehicle is a thing used for transporting people or goods

By  boopingsnoot  |  18

Was going to make a witty comment about horses having autopilot, but going on the freeway was too stupid. Bicycles are also considered vehicles, and are also not allowed on freeways.

By  Yudith  |  12

Oh, don't we long for the good old days when drunks could just fall asleep in their horse carriage and let the animal bring them safely home, just like in the movie "My uncle Tony". Soon, this time will be back again, but with self driving vehicles. Won't that be great?

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