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Man Gets DUI for Riding a Horse on a Freeway

Everyone knows that you can get arrested for driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. But, even though DUI stands for "driving under the influence," you can actually get a DUI for "driving" things other than cars as well. For example, the police recently arrested a man for a DUI because he was riding his horse on a Southern California freeway.

The man was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal limit in California, according to CHP. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time a person has been arrested for a DUI while riding a horse.

DUIs Aren't Exclusive to Cars

In addition to getting a DUI for riding a horse drunk, it's also possible to get a DUI for other uncommon vehicles. First of all, it's generally possible to get a DUI for driving/operating anything that's motorized while under the influence - and this includes a motorized wheelchair. It's also possible to get a DUI while driving a lawn mower or a boat.

A person can also get a DUI for riding a bicycle while drunk. While drunk biking doesn't usually pose the same risks as operating a motorized vehicle under the influence, it can still have serious consequences. First of all, the rider can hurt him or herself or cause property damage. Drunk biking can also pose a risk to others on the road, whether the other people are drivers, pedestrians, or other people riding bikes.

The basic lesson to be learned is that if you're drunk, it's best to avoid "driving" anything and find a sober driver if you need to get somewhere.

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