Man on horseback arrested for riding drunk

9:23 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - Police have arrested a man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder.

Patrick Schumacher is facing charges of riding a horse while under the influence of alcohol after witnesses saw the rider and horse occasional wandering into traffic on Broadway near the school Monday afternoon.

Officers observed that Schumacher was slumped to his right side as he crossed streets and forced pedestrians off the sidewalk.

Police pulled the horse over, and Schumacher was arrested on suspicion of riding under the influence after he was given a sobriety test.

Police say Schumacher had a small dog in his backpack and beer in one of his saddlebags. The horse and the dog have been impounded.

Schumacher is also facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge as well as prohibited use of weapons and a reckless endangerment charge.

Schumacher told officers that he was traveling from Larkspur to Bryce, Utah (a 600-mile journey by car) on his horse in an effort to attend his brother's wedding. 

Schumacher said he previously lost his driver's license, so he decided to ride his horse to Utah.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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