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Crash blamed on vomiting dog

April 28, 2010 at 2:42 PM

WINONA, Minn., April 28 (UPI) -- Investigators said a Minnesota man who crashed his car into a utility pole told police he lost control of the vehicle when his dog vomited on him.

Winona Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said the car was found unattended in Winona at about 10:25 a.m. Thursday next to the Xcel Energy power line pole, which was still standing, the Winona Daily News reported Wednesday.

Williams said witnesses reported the driver left the scene with a beagle.

He said Michael Allen Butler, 18, of Lewiston, Minn., called police at about 2:25 p.m. and told officers he was the driver of the vehicle. He admitted to driving without insurance or a Minnesota driver's license.

Butler told police he lost control of the car when his dog began throwing up on him. Williams said the story was corroborated by vomit found inside the vehicle.

Butler was cited for driving without insurance or a Minnesota driver's license. The power line pole sustained only minor damage.

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