DWI Suspect: My Dog Was Driving, Not Me

Deputies didn't buy it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2015 5:39 PM CDT
DWI Suspect: My Dog Was Driving, Not Me
Reliford Cooper III   (Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

A deputy in Manatee County, Florida, saw a speeding car Wednesday night and pursued it for a few blocks as it ran through at least two ditches and ultimately crashed into a house, the Bradenton Herald reports. The alleged driver, 26-year-old Reliford Cooper III, fled on foot, ended up at a church, and was forced back outside by churchgoers and arrested. And yet the story gets even weirder: Cooper (who, authorities say, smelled like booze and burnt pot) told deputies, "I wasn't driving that car. My dog was driving that car," according to a report from the sheriff's office. Apparently not believing his story, authorities jailed him on multiple charges ranging from DWI to resisting arrest. Classic line from the Orlando Sentinel: "The arrest report does not state whether or not a dog was located at the scene of the crash." (More weird crimes stories.)

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