A Colorado man who was driving while intoxicated attempted to trade places in the car with his dog to avoid a DUI arrest. The Springfield Police Department said in a Facebook post that the man was driving 52 mph in a 30 mph zone at around 11:30 p.m. when he was pulled over by officers. However, the man immediately tried to put his dog in the driver’s seat as he climbed into the passenger seat, in a hilarious process witnessed by the SPD officer who “watched the entire process.”
After placing the dog in the driver’s seat, the man climbed out of the car’s passenger door and “claimed he was not driving.” However, the officer immediately recognized “clear signs of intoxication.” As soon as he asked the man about drinking, the man decided to start running in an attempt to evade capture. However, he was caught before he got more than 20 yards away by officers who took him down and into custody easily.
BCSO sheriffs arrived on the scene shortly after and it was revealed that the man already had two active warrants out for his arrest in nearby Pueblo. He was medically cleared before being taken to Baca County Jail.
In addition to charges for his current warrants, the man is charged with driving under the influence, driving while ability impaired, driving under suspension, speeding 20-24 over, and resisting arrest. It’s unclear what his other warrants are for, but he clearly had been banned for driving, potentially for another DUI charge (though that’s just speculation).
Springfield PD also gave an update on the dog, who’s thankfully been legally cleared of any wrongdoing.
“The dog was given to an acquaintance of the driver to take care of while the party was in jail. The dog does not face any charges and was let go with just a warning,” they wrote.