( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Blames Dog For Drunk Driving Charge:
A Florida man busted for drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident told cops he was wrongfully arrested — and that it was his dog behind the wheel.
Reliford Cooper, 26, was collared on Wednesday after leading cops on a high-speed chase that ended with his car going through a ditch and crashing into a Manatee County home, police said.
Cooper allegedly ran from the wrecked white sedan and fled to a church bathroom, where he was cuffed by police a short time later. But as cops made the arrest, Cooper said it was his pooch who broke the law.
“My dog was driving that car,” he said, according to a police report obtained by WFTS-TV.
“I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”
He was taken to a local hospital for neck and stomach pains before he was booked on several charges that included drunken driving, aggravated fleeing and leaving the scene of an accident.
His bond is set at $26,120.
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