LAKELAND, Fla. — A Florida lady might must pony up after police busted her for driving a horse down a busy freeway whereas intoxicated.
Polk County police arrested 53-year-old Donna Byrne and charged her with drunk driving after a number of drivers known as 911 to report a lady on a horse was hoofing it down the freeway.
Polk County Sheriff’s officers stated in a information launch that somebody known as 911 a few lady, who appeared confused and probably in peril. When deputies arrived they discovered Byrne driving her horse within the street.
Officers did a sobriety take a look at and stated she gave breath samples that registered blood alcohol stage of .161 — a lot larger than Florida’s authorized restrict of .08.
“Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stated in a information launch. “She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy.”
Byrne was charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to supply correct safety for the horse.
Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. It’s unclear whether or not she retained an lawyer.
According to police, Byrne has a previous felony historical past that features 5 felony and 10 misdemeanor expenses, consisting of cruelty to animals, drug possession, probation violation, and felony site visitors.