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Drunk Driver Crashes into House, Flees Scene, Claims Dog Was Driving

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One Florida man claims his dog was driving when his car crashed into a nearby home

Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend. For one man, though, his dog was merely a scapegoat.

Right after crashing his car into a house—but right before puking his brains out—Florida resident Reliford Cooper told the police that he couldn’t possibly be arrested for a DUI. Why, you might ask? Because, of course, Cooper wasn’t driving the car.

His dog was.

The accident took place last Wednesday night after Cooper allegedly ran a red light. As he was fleeing the officers attempting to arrest him, Cooper drove into a ditch, overcorrected, and proceeded to drive through another ditch, then directly into a nearby home.

After the final crash occurred, Cooper decided to make a run for it, once again fleeing police. According to the local news, the Sarasota resident was eventually tracked down by a K9 officer, who found Cooper’s t-shirt in front of a church. Cooper was eventually found when a pastor from the church told a deputy that someone was hiding in the bathroom inside the church. Churchgoers eventually forced the man out, and the police officers managed to finally get Cooper in custody.

As Cooper was being handcuffed, the aroma of alcohol and marijuana drifted around him and he made several random comments, like “I wasn’t driving that car,” and “Who was chasing me? You’re slow as ****!”

Then, as he was being placed in the police car, Cooper said, “My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”

He then proceeded to throw up and complained about a hurt back. After being taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, Cooper was transported to jail.

The best part about this DUI arrest? No dog was found at the scene.

News Source: Gawker

A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.