“Giddy-Up”, Impaired driver saddles up and rides horse home, police say

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EDMONTON – Talk about a long walk home.

When RCMP officers pulled over a plateless truck and horse trailer Tuesday night on Highway 16 west of Stony Plain, they discovered the 34-year-old driver had been drinking.

A breathalyzer reading showed between .06 and 0.10 blood alcohol level, so the man was given a “caution” and handed a three-day licence suspension. Since the reading is potentially below the .08 limit, he won’t face any charges.

Although his truck and trailer were towed, the man promised he would ride home in the ditch, a distance of approximately 30 kilometres, said Cpl. Colette Zazulak.

“The horse hadn’t had anything to drink, and probably would exhibit better judgment than he,” Zazulak said. “The truck and trailer had to go, but his trusty old steed was still there, so he rode it home.”

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