Addled in the saddle? Woman charged with DUI on horseback

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This photo made available by Diane Dodge shows a horse tied to a Polk County Sheriff Office cruiser on Nov.2, 2017, in Lakeland, Fla. Donna Byrne, 53, was charged with riding the horse down a busy Florida highway while intoxicated. She is also charged with animal neglect. (Diane Dodge via AP)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk.

Polk County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road.

Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 – twice Florida’s legal limit of .08.

Byrne is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse.

Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.

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