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Man riding a horse on Long Beach freeway arrested for DUI

Published On: 03-14-2018 in Category: DUI

Man riding a horse on Long Beach freeway arrested for DUI

Riding a horse in an inebriated condition recently landed an Orange County man in jail. The arrest was made on driving under the influence (DUI) charges on Feb. 24, 2018, when 29-year-old Luis Alfredo Perez was celebrating his birthday by riding a horse on the 91 freeway in Long Beach. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials in Santa Fe Springs, Perez was enjoying a horse ride allegedly in a drunken state on the freeway stretch from Paramount Boulevard to Downey Avenue at around 1a.m.

Upon his arrest, the field sobriety tests and interviews conducted by CHP officers revealed that Perez was under the influence of alcohol. However, nobody was injured during the incident, authorities said. According to a CHP report, Perez had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.21 percent, 2.5 times more than the legal limit. Later, the horse was released to Perez’s mother. The accused has been booked into the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department jail in Lakewood.

Following the unusual case of irresponsible behavior on the roads, CHP authorities took to twitter to spread awareness about the dangers of riding a horse on the freeway. The tweet read: “Don’t put yourself, your beautiful animal, or others in danger of being killed in traffic.” Further, CHP officers also tweeted that even a person riding an animal on the highway, according to California Vehicle Code 21050, is bound by the same laws as someone driving a motor vehicle.

Alcohol is a dangerous drug

Alcohol is the most commonly used mind-altering and potentially addictive drug, which has gained considerable acceptance in American society. It is a substance that can change the way one’s body or mind functions, leading to disastrous consequences. In recent years, investigations of cases involving DUI convictions suggest possibilities of addiction to alcohol or other drugs. Despite its detrimental impact on both physical as well as mental health, alcohol continues to be the recreational drug of choice in the country. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in that year, more than 65 million individuals aged 12 or older were binge alcohol users in the past 30 days.

Studies have suggested that a combination of alcohol and drugs in a person’s system is the main cause of fatal car crashes across the U.S. Statistics show a large percentage of motorists who face prior DUI charges often end up repeating their offenses due to their inability to suppress their alcohol-related craving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 Americans lose their lives each day to road accidents involving a drunk driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.

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