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Florida Woman Arrested For Allegedly Riding A Horse While Drunk

“She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road,” local sheriff Grady Judd said.

05/11/2017 1:39 AM AEDT | Updated 05/11/2017 3:40 AM AEDT

Police in Florida arrested a 53-year-old woman on Thursday afternoon for allegedly riding a horse while drunk.

Donna Byrne appeared confused and smelled strongly of alcohol when Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled her over on a busy Lakeland road just after 1:30 p.m., according to multiple reports

She was found to be more than twice the legal breath-alcohol limit for driving.

Polk County Sheriff's Office
Donna Byrne was arrested for allegedly being drunk while riding a horse.

Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road,” Sheriff Grady Judd said via a statement. “She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy.”

Police charged Byrne with driving under the influence and animal neglect.

Deputies transported her horse, named Bo Duke, to Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. The animal is likely to be eventually returned to Byrne, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Polk County Sheriff's Office
Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled Donna Byrne over as she riding her horse, pictured, on Thursday afternoon.
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