The sight of the horse and rider in an Arvada, Colorado strip mall gathered a crowd of cell phone-wielding onlookers just as police arrived.
“It was the absolute funniest thing I’ve ever seen,“ said Amie Bergondo, an instructor at Dance Boulevard. “There was a horse pulled over in the parking lot.“
Officers came to the parking lot responding to a call of a cowboy who couldn’t stay in the saddle.
Brian Drone of Arvada was ticketed for riding an animal while under the influence, a Class B traffic violation resulting in a $25 fine.
Arvada Police Sgt. Jeff Monzingo says this drunk riding charge was the first he’d seen in his 15 years in law enforcement.
“This is kind of a tricky call,“ Monzingo said. “Unlike in a DUI where you can tow a car, we had to do something with the horse.“