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Drunk man on horseback leads cops on chase through Bunnell, authorities say
Florida Times-Union ^ | September 25, 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 09/27/2012 4:57:57 AM PDT by Ratman83

BUNNELL — A man was intoxicated while riding his horse as he led police on a half-hour chase through a northeast Florida town, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Larkin Cowart, 29, was arrested Monday in Bunnell, about 60 miles south of Jacksonville.

A police officer was responding to a report of “an intoxicated male riding a horse” when he turned on his emergency lights to stop traffic as Cowart crossed the street, according to the charging affidavit. Cowart said he was on his way to his grandmother’s house in nearby Flagler Beach, but refused officers’ order to dismount and “in an aggressive manner reared the horse back” and took off.

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As some of the comments at the site say, what was his crime really?
1 posted on 09/27/2012 4:58:01 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

I bet the cops considered shooting the horse.


2 posted on 09/27/2012 4:59:33 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

Well no dog was available, so yes that would work.


3 posted on 09/27/2012 5:05:32 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

Was the horse drunk too?


4 posted on 09/27/2012 5:09:05 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Maybe that is where the animal cruelty charge came from.


5 posted on 09/27/2012 5:20:03 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

so what?

Is that illegal?


6 posted on 09/27/2012 5:47:07 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Ratman83

I’ve lived in NE Florida (Jacksonville) since 1969, we have some real rednecks here.

They don’t call Jax Baja Georgia for nothing!


7 posted on 09/27/2012 5:49:04 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Venturer

8 posted on 09/27/2012 5:50:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Venturer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1JOFhfoAD4


9 posted on 09/27/2012 5:50:46 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: V_TWIN

suddenly horseback riding is “redneck”?

hey you know I would rather have “rednecks” at my house than white wine swishers


10 posted on 09/27/2012 5:54:32 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Ratman83
I remember this. It was a pretty good movie ...

Kirk Douglas in “Lonely Are the Brave” (1962)

11 posted on 09/27/2012 6:01:46 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: yldstrk

Must be they arrested him. /s


12 posted on 09/27/2012 6:08:27 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: V_TWIN

I like rednecks.


13 posted on 09/27/2012 6:10:16 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Liberty Valance

Good movie, great actor.


14 posted on 09/27/2012 6:13:35 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: yldstrk

While drunk and evading the police, I’d say yes.


15 posted on 09/27/2012 6:19:42 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: V_TWIN

uh why exactly kemosabe?

“riding while intoxicated” big deal, and while “evading the police” the police had no reason to interfere with this guy. In fact, if he had been polo clothes they may not have.


16 posted on 09/27/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: V_TWIN

wearing


17 posted on 09/27/2012 6:22:25 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Ratman83

If it were me on the horse I would’ve been naked, if for no other reason than to make a better headline.


18 posted on 09/27/2012 6:26:41 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Ratman83

If it were me on the horse I would’ve been naked, if for no other reason than to make a better headline.


19 posted on 09/27/2012 6:26:52 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: V_TWIN

Is there actually a law about riding a horse while intoxicated?


20 posted on 09/27/2012 6:27:12 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

Did he lead them on a merry chase?


21 posted on 09/27/2012 6:27:49 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Manic_Episode

Then it would have been performance art and they could do nothing to you.


22 posted on 09/27/2012 6:28:40 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Oratam

You know police nothing is marry usless they can kill the dog.


23 posted on 09/27/2012 6:31:55 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83
marry = merry.

If I could type (ok maybe spell) things would be easier.

24 posted on 09/27/2012 6:36:40 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: yldstrk

Drunk in public? It got Ron White put in jail!


25 posted on 09/27/2012 6:42:46 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: V_TWIN; yldstrk

His charges are disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and cruelty to animals. So why did they try to stop him in the first place. Is riding a horse disorderly conduct and is it an arrest able charge or only a summons?


26 posted on 09/27/2012 6:48:06 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83
I can see that you are convinced the police had no right to get involved, so I will respectfully suggest that we agree to disagree.
27 posted on 09/27/2012 6:50:51 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: V_TWIN

Well then just troll on.


28 posted on 09/27/2012 6:57:57 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

we have cops on horses here, is it illegal? they are on the public street and not on a “riding trail”


29 posted on 09/27/2012 7:15:35 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Ratman83

yeah he (V chip) sounds like a police stater to me


30 posted on 09/27/2012 7:17:45 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Ratman83

V_Twin I mean


31 posted on 09/27/2012 7:19:07 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Like I said at the start “what was his crime really?”


32 posted on 09/27/2012 7:23:10 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: yldstrk

I like the V chip


33 posted on 09/27/2012 7:24:39 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83
You cannot operate a horse on a public thoroughfare while intoxicated, just like you cannot operate a bicycle, lawnmower, etc.
34 posted on 09/27/2012 7:25:18 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Are you sure that is the law in FL, they did not charge him with that.


35 posted on 09/27/2012 7:26:38 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

I don’t understand why you are acting so confused. Let’s flip the coin—are you suggesting that it is legal in Florida to operate a horse while intoxicated? Because there is no specific-enough law on the books?


36 posted on 09/27/2012 7:29:34 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Ratman83; All

37 posted on 09/27/2012 7:35:17 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 1rudeboy

If there is no law then it is not illegal. The government does not get to make up laws after the fact to punish the citizens. I would hope that you understand and support that. You know the old no ex post facto Law.


38 posted on 09/27/2012 7:37:26 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83
ROTFLMAO

Friendly suggestion:

1. Walk into a lawyer's office and ask if it's legal to ride a horse on a road while intoxicated, or
2. ride a horse on the road while intoxicated, call 911 on yourself and take your case to the Supreme Court.

Executive summary:

1. You are stupid if you do.
2. You are stupid if you do.

39 posted on 09/27/2012 7:42:35 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: musicman

I like.


40 posted on 09/27/2012 7:44:27 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: 1rudeboy

Wow you are just a good little government is right troll today are you not. Piss off you wanker.


41 posted on 09/27/2012 7:47:25 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

But did he have his seatbelt on.. and was there an open container somewhere on the horse.. maybe a sixpack in the saddlebags.. Was he smoking?.. And what was he smoking?

These are things that can drive Barney Fife NUTS..


42 posted on 09/27/2012 7:48:38 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Ratman83

I have this argument in my bar all the time. I content that riding a horse home drunk is NOT a DWI (Driving while intoxicated). I grew up with horses and they know the way home, a good horse will simply walk/trot home if you just let it. So I content that I am merely a passenger, the horse is “driving” and the horse is not drunk. All my customers disagree with me, but in a sane world I would be correct. Please note that my argument is applicable only if you are just going home and not commanding the horse to do anything.


43 posted on 09/27/2012 7:52:29 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: hosepipe

Not just Barney Fife, it also bothers some Freepers.


44 posted on 09/27/2012 7:52:59 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: jpsb

I like that of course the real question is how it is defined in the law.


45 posted on 09/27/2012 7:54:53 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

Anyone who tells you that you are being needlessly obtuse, and do not understand the fundamentals of American jurisprudence is a troll. Got it.


46 posted on 09/27/2012 7:56:46 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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Not just Barney Fife, it also bothers some Freepers.

Just the yearly "drunk on horseback" FR thread bringing out teh stupid.

47 posted on 09/27/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Ratman83

I think here in Texas you can get a DWI if you are on a horse, drunk and on a public road. I think you can get one on a bicycle too. But the state will have to find a jury to convict you. I doubt a jury would be inclined to convict someone on horseback or a bike just for being drunk. Now if they were causing problems, being a general pain in the butt, yeah, but just for being over .070? I like to believe a Texas jury would not do that.


48 posted on 09/27/2012 8:04:08 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: 1rudeboy

No you are just a government (or maybe the police) is always right liberal piece of dung. The problem today is that the law and government thinks that they get to control everything. They think that they are the last word and that we are subjects or slaves that must do as we are told, and evidently you agree with this. You sound like liberal.


49 posted on 09/27/2012 8:04:16 AM PDT by Ratman83
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Hey, the guy was an wannabe actor trying out for Lee Marvin’s part in “Cat Balleau”. That’s why he and the horse he rode into town in were both intoxicated.

Hee Hee Hah


50 posted on 09/27/2012 8:07:53 AM PDT by jayrunner
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