Man ticketed for drunken ride: 'Horse knows the way home'

By Ben Hooper
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DENHAM SPRINGS, La., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man busted for drunkenly riding his horse down a stretch of highway said he believes his choices were safe because "the horse knows the way home."

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Jake Williams drove his truck and horse trailer to a daiquiri shop in Denham Springs and he decided to ride the horse rather than drive home in the early morning hours Tuesday.


Williams was stopped while riding the horse, named Sugar, on the side of Highway 16.

Deputies issued Williams a summons for disturbing the peace by public intoxication. The sheriff's office said riding a horse would not qualify Williams for a DWI.

A family member was summoned to take Williams and his horse home.

Williams said he thought riding the horse home was a good idea.

"When you get a little too much to drink, why not ride a horse?" he told WBRZ-TV. "It's safer that way. The horse knows the way home."

However, Williams said he learned his lesson from the summons and will refrain from riding while intoxicated in the future.


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