Florida Woman Riding Horse Pulled Over and Arrested…For DUI

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You’ve heard of Florida Man – now, meet Florida Woman.

A 53-year old woman named Donna Byrne raised some eyebrows as she rode a horse down the middle of a Polk County road.

Deputies showed up to check things out after a passerby reported that Byrne appeared confused and possibly in danger as she rode the horse on Combee Road near North Crystal Lake Road in Lakeland, an arrest affidavit said.  

Police reigned Byrne in, and noted she smelled like alcohol, had red watery eyes, and staggered when she tried to walk. A field sobriety test was conducted, and she was arrested for DUI.

Byrne provided breath samples of .157 and .161. A breath alcohol level of .08 is the legal limit in Florida, reports Patch.

Boduke, the horse, was hitched to a deputy’s patrol car and ate grass until being taken to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Bryne was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and animal neglect, a misdemeanor. Authorities said she charged with animal neglect because she did not provide proper protection for the horse, which she put in jeopardy of being injured or killed.

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

This wasn’t Byrne’s first rodeo: she has previously been arrested on charges of five felonies and 10 misdemeanors, including cruelty to animals and drug possession.

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7 thoughts on “Florida Woman Riding Horse Pulled Over and Arrested…For DUI

  1. yup. me and molly got a dui out on hiway 19 once… a loooooooong time ago… she was drunker than i was…….. whiskey drinkin ole nag…….!!

  2. Horse Pulled Over And Arrested for DUI Riding Florida Woman.

    Another article typo.

    What is this….?

    Can’t these people get the context correct.?

    All Article Bots Must Die…!

  3. “Bryne was arrested on charges of driving under the influence…”

    Riding is NOT driving.

    …”charged with animal neglect because she did not provide proper protection for the horse,…”

    By not installing bumpers on it?

    1. No drunken turn signals on a horse.

      That’s against the LAW….!

      I was making a drunken left on my horse.


      You didn’t see the new led saddle that blinked I’m making a drunken left next to my horses azz.

      Whatdaya do now…?

      Do I have to put a webcam on my horses azz now and do a live feed to instagram…?

      Just to prove it was the horses fault. ..?

  4. you can lead a horse to alcohol but you cant make it drink….. or something like that 😉

    these high school hall monitors in blue uniforms are nearing the end of the hemp rope.

  5. First, driving a vehicle on a public roadway while wasted is the height of irresponsibility.

    When I went through the academy here in Louisiana in the 80’s we were told that a DWI didn’t apply to someone on horseback or mule back because the mind in ultimate control was NOT impaired. I shit you not!

    I don’t ever remember ever even hearing of one written.

    I left LE in the fall of 2000 and it’s very possible that the law may have changed here in Louisiana since then. And. obviously the laws are different in other states.

    I had a neighbor run his tractor and bush hog up a tree a few years ago. I guess that you could call it MWI.

    After I posted this I did a quick check and found a news article about a guy back in Nov of 2015 drunk on horseback about a hour drive from here.


    He was cited for public drunkenness but NOT for DWI because he was on horseback. Personally, I wouldn’t have cited the guy for anything. He was responsible enough to NOT get behind the wheel. If the call volume wasn’t too bad, I’d have followed him to make sure he made it home OK.

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