BOULDER - Boulder Police have released a man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through 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 University of Colorado-Boulder 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.
Late Monday night, Schumacher was released with no bond conditions. He was also given back both his horse and his dog Tuesday morning and reportedly set out on the road to Utah again.
Below is video of Schumacher leaving town with his dog and his horse:
Schumacher is due back in court on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.
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