A Louisiana man is accused of riding his horse drunk down a stretch of highway and told authorities his choices were safe because “the horse knows the way home,”television WBRZ reported.
Authorities said Jake Williams drove his vehicle and horse trailer to a daiquiri shop in Denham Springs, Louisiana, and decided to ride the horse rather than drive home early morning on Tuesday.
Williams was stopped by authorities while riding the horse, named Sugar, on the side of Highway 16.The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Officecited Williams for disturbing the peace by public intoxication. The sheriff’s office said riding a horse would not qualify Williams for a driving while intoxicated offense.
“I was riding my horse down the side of 16,” Williams explained as he was being issued a ticket for being drunk in public on the side of Highway 16.
A deputy responded to complaints about Williams riding his horse from the bar when she found him. She explained she could not arrest Williams for a DWI offense because he was on a horse, so she ticketed him.
“When you get a little too much to drink, why not ride a horse?” he told reporter Brett Buffington, “It’s safer that way. The horse knows the way home.”
Williams eventually got the message, had a family member pick up him and his horse and said he won’t do it again.
“When you get a little too much to drink, why not ride a horse?” he told WBRZ-TV. “It’s safer that way. The horse knows the way home.”
Williams said he will refrain from riding while intoxicated in the future. A family member was contacted to take Williams and Sugar home.