Skip to comments.Two men riding horse, mule arrested for DWI(Austin, TX,video)
Posted on 01/12/2011 8:21:14 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
Two men were arrested for driving while intoxicated on 6th Street Friday night. One was riding a horse, while the other was riding a mule.
Austin police say the ment were both intoxicated. They were apparently trying to lure people out of bars and into the street to take pictures with them and their farm animals.
Bartender Brian Matthews thought he'd seen everything, that is until he walked outside to have a cigarette Friday night.
"There were these two guys on horses, or mules, or something, outside of Shakespeare's," he said. "(It) looked like they were being pulled over for a DUI."
Jose Rios, 33, and sidekick, Samuel Olivo, Jr., 48, parked their horse trailer near I-35 and 12th Street. They rode their mule and horse down to 6th Street, inviting peole to take pictures with them and their four-legged beasts.
Police video shows the two being stopped by officers. In the video, Rios appeared to be so intoxicated that he couldn't even finish his sobriety test.
Austin police arrested the pair for DWI.
"The law has recently changed and the motor vehicle definition is a little ambiguous, but they felt that it would fit that criteria," said Commander Jason Dusterhoft, of the Austin Police Department.
The DWI charges may be lowered to public intoxication.
"In the city of Austin it is legal to ride a horse on a public street," said Commander Dusterhoft. "What we were obviously concerned about is them being intoxicated, inviting people out into the street causing a danger, causing a danger ... to themselves, the public, the horses."
"Well, it was unusual. You certainly don't get these types of arrests. This is the first time I've ever encountered this," said Tony Plohetski, a writer for the Austin American Statesman who first reported the story. "I think one of the big questions that I think a lot of people are going to have is, was this really against the law? Is it against the law to be intoxicated going down a city street on a farm animal? And there are, from the best I can tell, different opinions about that."
One of the cowboys was so intoxicated that police say he had to be hospitalized. The animals were taken to animal control and it isn't clear if they're back with their owner.
As long as the horse and mule were sober....
Austin where illegals raom in the sanctuary city. I hope the horse and mule are alright.
I like horses and mules more then drunken Texans. Too many of em are LBJ Republicans.
If ridin’ a donkey drunk is wrong..I don’t wanna be right.
Just don’t ‘be ridin’ dirty’, as Jeremiah Wrong would say.
The Law is an ass, literally.
2 Men Arrested for Galloping Under the Influence
No doubt the mule was the one with two anal orifices.
I would think they would have to be. Four legged creatures are not machines. There are more than a few cases where people riding these creatures got caught in a storm and simply let their horse or mule get them home safely by sheer instinct and memory.
It's unusual to have a sidekick 15 years older than the main character. If they got this wrong, there is going to be one mighty pissed-off hungover Mexican main character when he discovers he's been labeled as the "sidekick".
Oh well, at least Jose and Hose B got to star in a movie.
True but they didn't drive themselves there.
This is why I don’t live downtown and avoid going there as much as possible.
These two were just Keepin’ Austin Weird...
They should have had people on 6th Street pose with Leslie Cochran, the mule and the guy who bicycles around TownLake in a thong.
Loved that movie.
I’ll let myself forget about Fonda being a leftist traitor long way to watch Cat. Only thing I’ll watch her in (well, maybe just a touch of Barbarella too).
If being drunk on horseback was illegal, then I would have spent much of my 30’s in jail.
What is an 'LBJ Republican'?
This reminds me of cops here giving DUI tickets to drunks because they were sleeping in their parked cars.
Same here. Lee Marvin is just too good in that movie to miss it.
At least my horses know the way home.
This is just another nail in the “safety” coffin. There is no way a horse or mule will walk over pedestrians or crash into cars because his rider is drunk. Instead, the city wants its cashola.
Public intox I could see for them hassling people, but that wasn’t the arrest.
I won’t give her a break even though I loved that movie.
Ya gotta love Texas...
You cant arrest me...Im a personal friend of the Mare!!”
DING DING DING - we have a winner!
Can never forget that image of Marvin as Kid Shaleen on his horse.
But how is riding drunk on a mule ‘driving’?
Hopefully they weren’t doing the ‘Enumclaw’ thing with these animals back at the barn ?
Hey! They were helping to prevent I don't know how many people from driving home DUI! Luring them out of bars! And they got arrested for being DUI? Typical Austen police logic!
Which would you rather be run over by? A guy on a mule, or maybe 20 drunks driving home in their cars?
It doesn’t matter as they were definitely road hazards. The article did say that there is some leeway in the law.
When was the last time you were in Texas?
These guys get off the reservation from time to time ... and wander into Austin ... and ...
This is why I drink in my barn.
I was in TX probably 3 or 4 times in 2010. I will not be going back for a while as I refused to get grouped by TSA.
I should have edited. The drunks were probably illegals. “I like horses and mules more than drunken illegals from Mexico.”
No Texan rides a burro. Open-border LBJ “Republicans” like Rick Perry, Kay Bailey or Cornyn just might.
I laughed myself hoarse when I read that, thanks...
Keeping Austin weird ping.
Are you saying that these men, who may be illegals, were possibly homosexuals? The “man” riding the burro was possibly the “wife?”
That's hadn't occurred to me. But now that you mention it...
How do you say "fag" in Spanish?
I recall when an escapee from the Arizona State Penitentiary in Florence stole a horse from the yard of a nearby house to effect his getaway.
Whoops! Arizona was part of the Wild West, where stealing a man’s horse was often to condemn him to death in the wilderness. The laws on horse theft reflect that, and the guy ended up getting a much longer sentence added on than if he had merely swiped a car.
You can get a DWI on a bicycle or in a wheelchair in a lot of states.
Maricon. Or Ganso. Anyone know if Pacino called anyone a “maricon” in Scarface? He insulted everyone. WASP phonies. Guineas.
Reminds me recently of TV presenter Gary Collins stiffing a local restaurant in Mississippi for a steak dinner. Serious stuff in MS as it is a felony over $25 or something for walking out on a restaurant tab.
Yep, revenue generation.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess these two might just be here illegally.
Probably the *real* reason the judge let them off the DWI charges.
Hold my beer and watch this.
To everyone speculating that these guys were illegals: there are lots of native Texans with surnames of Rios and Olivo. In fact, three of Texas’ Founding Fathers were named Ruis, Navarro and de Zavala.
When I’m looking for illegals I go for the little tell-tales: 1) doesn’t speak English; 2) doesn’t have a driver’s license; 3) carries no insurance; 4) demands (loudly, in Spanish) every possible government service known to man.
But then I’m just been a naturalized Texan for 27 years.