Patrick Schumacher, arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and riding under the influence, rides away on his horse Dillon on Sept. 10 at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, after he was released from jail the previous evening.
There's nothing too newsworthy about the drunken driving arrest of a normal citizen and these days, even celebrity DUI's are pretty ho-hum, but when a guy gets nailed for operating a HORSE while intoxicated, that's definitely worth a mention.
Patrick Schumacher was on his way to his brother's wedding in Utah, about 600 miles from his home in Colorado on horseback. (What is this, the old west?)
He had travelled no further than Boulder when witnesses say he appeared drunk, was blocking motorized traffic and was seen striking his horse in the face. Officers showed up, gave him a field sobriety test which he failed, then searched his saddle bags and found a pistol and some beer cans along with his pet dog.
Mr. Schumacher was arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, prohibited use of weapons, reckless endangerment and drunken horseback riding, which by the way is only a traffic infraction in Colorado.
He was held until he sobered up and then released to continue his horseback trek to Utah for his brother's wedding. So why ride a horse 600 miles? Well, as you might have guessed, Schumacher had lost his driver's license for guess what?