Florida woman riding horse charged with DUI (video)


Multiple drivers called 911 in Lakeland, Florida, Friday morning after witnessing a woman who appeared to be intoxicated riding a horse down the highway.

While Donna Byrne may have thought the horse was safer to steer drunk than a car, it ended up costing her much more legally, as she was charged with animal neglect on top of her DUI.

Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood alcohol level of .161 — much higher than Florida’s legal limit of .08.

“Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release. “She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy.”

Byrne was charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse.


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