10/11/2006Georgia: Woman Accused of Drunk Driving a Horse
Clayton, Georgia applies DUI statute to a woman riding a horse.
The Georgia State Patrol has charged Heather Darnell, 22, with the crime of driving a horse under the influence. Last Friday at 10:30pm a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville struck Darnell's horse on US 441 near Steoka Falls and Bethel Roads in the city of Clayton as Darnell attempted to cross the road. Police claim she was drunk at the time.
Darnell was rushed by a Lifeflight helicopter to Gwinett Medical Center for urgent treatment. Passengers in the Bonneville suffered less serious injuries. The horse is believed to have survived the incident.
Darnell now faces up to a year in prison, fines of $1000 plus court costs, 40 hours of community service, and a one-year automobile license suspension.
Georgia Drunk Driving StatuteSource: Horse rider charged with DUI (Anderson Independent Mail (GA), 10/10/2006)
(a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while:
(1) Under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
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