Archive for Sunday, April 15, 2007

Horse killed in possible drunken driving wreck

April 15, 2007


— A horse was euthanized and its rider charged with being drunk on horseback after a Kentucky state trooper struck the horse with his cruiser, state police said.

Trooper James Richard was driving in a rainstorm about five miles east of Columbia in south-central Kentucky when he hit the horse and rider late Friday on an unlighted, rural highway, state police said.

The horse was critically injured and euthanized at the scene, state police said. Jonathan Bryant was charged with DUI-nonmotorized vehicle after being treated and released for minor injuries. He was being held Saturday at the Adair County Jail.

Richard's car sustained severe damage, and Richard was treated for minor injuries. The wreck remains under investigation.


Ragingbear 10 years, 10 months ago

Most likely what really happened is that the trooper was driving like rednecks typically do in Kentucky and decided to swerve part-way off the road to intimidate and torment a horse-rider, but messed up, striking the horse. Of course, he wouldn't admit to something like that, so he charged the guy with DUI. If you look closely, you will see that the guy was not tested. In Kentucky, it is against the law to "appear drunk in the presence of a law enforcement officer." and that appearance is at the sole discretion of the officer and can be applied to DUI's. Since there is no breath test, there is no way that you can defend against the charge, because the observations are a matter of opinion, and therefore are not able to be disputed in a court of law.

number3of5 10 years, 10 months ago

What kind of idiots do they have in Kentucky? First, a horse is not a vehicle, it is a living breathing animal. From the writing in this report it makes the horse and rider the ones in the wrong, but the way I see it is that they are the victims and the officer should be charged with a crime against an animal. Would the officer have hit a man walking on the road in the same way and then charge the man with fraudlent charges to hide his crime? Come on Kentucky, let's get real here.

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