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Police: Drunk horseback rider said he was traveling 600 miles

Sept. 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- University of Colorado police said a man accused of drunken horseback riding told officers he was traveling to Utah to attend a wedding.

CU police spokesman Ryan Huff said police received calls Monday about a man on a horse wandering into traffic in Boulder and some witnesses said they saw the man strike the horse, the Daily Camera, Boulder, reported Tuesday.

Police stopped Patrick Neal Schumacher, 45, of Colorado Springs, who was found to be carrying a pug in a backpack. He also had beer and a black powder pistol in one of his saddlebags, police said.

Schumacher, who failed field sobriety tests, told officers he was attempting a 600-mile trip to Bryce, Utah, for his brother's wedding.

Schumacher was charged with a traffic infraction of riding a horse while under the influence of alcohol and misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment.

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