You just got to love stories like this. In Bunnell, Florida, a man, obviously drunk and on horseback, led police on a half-hour chase before police could arrest him. It appears the man on horseback, Charles Cowart, was on his way to his grandmother's house in nearby Flagler Beach. Cowart ignored police orders to dismount and proceeded on his way to grandma's house at a "slow trot" with police in "hot pursuit." People even came out of their house to see the spectacle of a man on horseback trailed by a number of flashing lights of police cruisers. A train slowed down so the drunken horseback rider could get by (at this point, they may have been more concerned for the horse rather than Cowart). But, eventually, all good things must come to an end. Apparently, Mr. Cowart was not accustomed to long horse rides. He became exhausted and started running on foot. However, there was no way he was going to outrun Bunnell's finest at this point. Cowart was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals. That last one tells me the police really were reaching to hang everything they could on this idiot. I have no idea why he wasn't charged with DUI. Seriously.
There are all kinds of idiots in this world. There are people who ride horses drunk and drive cars drunk. The latter is the kind that can kill people, including the drunken driver. But, if you have ever been to Mardi Gras, there are plenty of drunks on horseback. The many masked societies of Mardi Gras ride horses up and down the streets during this time completely drunk out of their mind. Many years ago, one of these Mardi Gras horseback riders was so drunk, he passed out on his horse, fell to the ground and his horse proceeded to take off. Unfortunately, the horse ran into a float and broke one of his front legs. He had to be put down. After that, except for police, horseback riders were forbidden during parades up until about the year 2000. I have a feeling Charles Cowart might feel his days of horseback riding and running from police are officially over.