Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Man fined for drunken driving – on a horse!

A British man has been fined 185 pounds (approximately 13,000 rupees) for riding a horse while drunk. Godfrey Blacklin pleaded guilty for being drunk while riding the animal bareback,through the streets of Newcastle, England. 

    The Newcastle magistrates heard that cops found that Blacklin was slurring his words, and was unsteady on his feet. The large horse, called Bart, was held by a police officer for more than an hour near Wellbeck Road, while Blacklin was taken to a police station. “It is not a charge you see everyday. The police had concerns about him and, in the process of speaking to him, became aware of his intoxication,” a daily quoted constable David Thompson as saying. “The concern was that he was in control of a large animal where there were other road users. It was clear that he was drunk and that is definitely an offense,” he added. 

    Defending the charges, Blacklin said that he rode the horse as he knew it needed some exercise. “It is ridiculous. No one seems to have heard about a case like this,” he said. “I had been at my grandmother’s house before I went over to the stables, and I had drunk only a couple of cans of beer. Bart needed some exercise, so I took him out and let him have a loose rein, so it looked like I wasn’t in control,” he added. ANI

Sounds rather bizzare, getting fined for drunken driving a horse and what could be next....

4 comments:

Sucharita Sarkar said...

LOL - at least he was not driving a car at top speed which could have killed somebody.

sukku said...

It was more like the horse driving him around.....

Aleta said...

Good grief! What next ~ indeed! What - will they arrest someone for walking a large dog while under the influence? Ugh!

sukku said...

There is no end to what can or cannot be done by the cops...