Man Tells Cops Dog Was Driving to Get Out of DUI Charge
An unidentified Southern Colorado driver faces several charges after he tried claiming that his dog was driving when he was pulled over for speeding.
Springfield, Colorado, Police stopped the vehicle going 52 miles in a 30-mile-per-hour zone near 7th and Main St. around 11:30 p.m.
According to the Springfield Police Department, the officer watched the driver try to switch places with his dog, who was in the passenger seat.
The driver got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and claimed he wasn’t driving.
The officer said the driver showed clear signs of intoxication, and when asked if he had been drinking alcohol, he ran.
Police managed to catch him after a short foot pursuit.
It appears a man suspected of DUI in Colorado was trying to get out of the charges by putting his dog behind the wheel of the car he was driving, according to police. https://t.co/Dl7NfnX2Uw
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According to SPD, the driver was traveling from Las Animas to Pueblo and got lost in Springfield.
Police discovered the suspect also had two active warrants for his arrest out of Pueblo.
The Baca County Sheriff’s Office arrived and assisted with the incident. The suspect was medically cleared at the hospital and then booked into the Baca County Jail for his warrants.
He was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving while ability impaired, driving under suspension, speeding 20-24 over, and resisting arrest.
The dog was given to an acquaintance of the driver to take care of while the party was in jail. The dog does not face any charges and was let go with just a warning.
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