Thursday 23 November 2017

Woman arrested for DUI while riding a horse

Donna Byrne was arrested for DUI
Donna Byrne was arrested for DUI
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A woman has been arrested for drunk driving while riding a horse.

Donna Byrne (53) appeared confused and in danger when she was spotted riding her horse down a busy road, according to police.

Police said that when they approached Ms Byrne on Combee Road near North Crystal Lake Road in Lakeland, Florida, she smelled like alcohol, had red eyes and was staggering.

Breath tests found that Ms Byrne had an alcohol level of .157 and .161, twice the Flordia limit of .08.

She was charged with Driving Under the Influence and with animal neglect, the horse was brought to Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility.

Grady Judd, Polk County Sheriff, said: "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."

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