Florida Woman Finds out the DUI Way That Riding a Horse Drunk Is Illegal

Posted by Mateja Lane
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Images provided by Polk County Sheriff's Department via WFTV

Yes, a horse is still a mode of transportation off limits when you are intoxicated. 

Polk County Sheriff Department received a call Thursday afternoon that a woman appeared disoriented and confused while riding a horse down a busy Florida highway. Once the officers arrived on scene, they found Donna Bryne intoxicated on her horse Bo Duke, putting them both in danger.

horse"Byrne smelled of alcohol, had red, watery eyes and staggered as she walked," said Polk County Sheriff spokesperson Brian Bruchey. 

Bryne was charged with a DUI when she took a breathalyzer test and her blood-alcohol level registered at .161, which is double Florida's legal limit of .08.


The 53-year-old woman has also been charged with animal neglect, and not caring properly for her horse Bo Duke.

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

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Bryne has been charged with animal neglect before, and Bo Duke was seized and taken to the Sheriff's Office's livestock facility.
Did you know it was illegal to ride a horse drunk? Tell us in the comments. 
Images provided by Polk County Sheriff's Department via WFTV

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