BOULDER, Colo. — A man riding his horse down a Boulder street was arrested Monday afternoon after he was found to be too drunk to ride.
The man, 45-year-old Patrick Neal Schumacher of Colorado Springs, was stopped by University of Colorado police about 2:15 p.m. near 14th Street and College Avenue.
“We wondered if this is the kind of thing that happens often in Boulder,” witness Joe McGuigan said. McGuigan was visiting from Philadelphia on a hiking trip, and Monday was his first day in Boulder. McGuigan added that he and a friend had seen the suspect riding his horse in Golden on Sunday.
In both cases, a pug-type dog was riding in the man’s backpack.
Witnesses Monday said the man hit the horse hard enough that it reared up on its hind legs. “University of Colorado police officers later saw the man near Broadway and College Avenue riding his horse, Dillon, while carrying his dog, a pug named Bufford,” a CU police statement says. “Officers observed that the rider was slumped to his right side as he crossed streets and forced pedestrians off the sidewalk.”
Schumacher told police he was riding his horse to his brother’s wedding in Utah, a 600-mile trip in a car. He said he couldn’t find his driver’s license.
“A small black powder pistol and beer cans were found in his saddle bag. When asked about witness reports of striking his horse, Schumacher said that he was just trying to hit a fly on Dillon’s head,” police say.
Schumacher was arrested on the following charges:
— Animal cruelty (Class 1 misdemeanor)
— Prohibited use of weapons (Class 2 misdemeanor)
— Riding a horse while under the influence of alcohol (Traffic infraction)
— Reckless endangerment (Class 3 misdemeanor)
Numerous people shared images and accounts of the scene via social media:
Is this really happening? pic.twitter.com/lbTsFdzYFb
— Lost in Boulder (@LostontheHill) September 9, 2013
— CU-Boulder Police (@CUBoulderPolice) September 9, 2013
Just witnessed a man getting a DUI after he was riding his horse on the street… #Boulder
— Matt Clancy (@matt94clancy) September 9, 2013
Schmacher’s horse and dog were impounded.
Had this happened in Montana, the outcome might’ve been different. They encourage riding a horse rather than getting behind the wheel if you’ve had a few too many. Check out the public service announcement below: