09/28/2012

Video shows Fla. 'horseback DUI'

Rearing the horse back, suspect took off on the animal

By PoliceOne Staff

BUNNELL, Fla. — Police released video showing Monday's pursuit of an intoxicated man on horseback.

Charles Larkin Cowart, 29, was arrested just after the incident, which began when an officer received a report of "an intoxicated male riding a horse."

The officer activated his lights to stop traffic while Cowart crossed a street, but he refused orders to dismount and, rearing the horse back, took off on the animal.

Police did not immediately give chase, fearing harm to the public or the horse, The Associated Press reported. Cowart continued riding, stirring a crowd of witnesses to emerge from their homes.

At one point, a train slowed down as he crossed over a set of railroad tracks.

About 30 minutes later, when the horse became exhausted, Cowart fled on foot and was soon captured.

His charges include disorderly conduct, cruelty to animals and resisting arrest without violence.

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