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Police officers discovered a drunken Amish man they had caught after a low speed chase was passed out at the reins of his horse and buggy.
When a driver falls asleep at the wheel, it's often a life-threatening situation as a big lump of metal and glass goes careering out of control.
However, for police officers in Ohio who picked up a drunk driver after a low speed chase, it was a different story as they discovered their felon was an Amish man who had fallen asleep while driving his horse and buggy, letting the horse do all the hard work.
According to the New York Post, Ohio police attempted to stop the man at 2:43am local time on 14 May after responding to 911 calls from people claiming a horse and buggy was going 'all over the road'.
What followed was a low speed police chase that ended when officers were able to block the buggy with their cars and recover the driver, who had 'passed clean out' and left the horse to try and get them both home in one piece.
The man, identified as 21-year-old Nathan Miller, took a breathalyser test with a result of .063 percent which lead police to arrest and charge him for operating a vehicle while under the influence, even if that vehicle only had a horsepower of one.
The arresting officer was Ashtabula Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Talbert, who first attempted to stop the buggy and was later successful at blocking it off with his car, though the buggy then crashed into a cruiser when officers tried to get the horse under control.
He was heard to say on bodycam footage: "There is a Bud Light can sitting in there and he’s passed clean out. We got a drunk Amish guy passed out in a buggy.
"He just turned eastbound on Bogue and I yelled at the guy when he rode by.'
"There is a Bud Light can sitting in the damn buggy and I hit the side of the buggy and hollered at the guy. He’s passed clean out. He’s slumped over."
Miller was treated at the scene for minor injuries sustained in his buggy's crash with the police cruiser.
Next time you need a friend to get you home it's probably not a good idea to trust the horse to handle it, it might know the way home but its grasp of the traffic laws is flimsy at best.
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