Thursday, May 24, 2012

News Of The Day: Iowa Man Arrested For Drunk Driving With Zebra And Parrot

A drunk, a zebra and a parrot walk into a bar....

Link from BLong and

Iowa man arrested for drunk driving with zebra and parrot in the front seat

When police stopped Jerald Reiter Sunday night, it was probably one of the most exotic drunk driving arrests they’d ever made.

Officers found the 55-year-old in the parking lot of a Cascade, Iowa, bar — with a pet zebra and macaw parrot in his front seat, ABC affiliate KCRG-TV reported.

Police said Reiter had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, exceeding Iowa’s legal limit of 0.08.

He told authorities he considers the animals his friends, and they often come on trips with him around town, according to the Des Moines Register.

He claimed he brought the animals to the Dog House Lounge Sunday night because the establishment often allows people to bring their pets with them, though bar owners told KCRG-TV that animals aren’t allowed inside.

When Reiter arrived at the bar with the zebra and macaw that night, he was told they’d have to stay outside. He told the Des Moines Register that he had three drinks with dinner before heading out, and that a group of gawkers gathered to take photographs of his animals before he got back into his truck.

He said he thinks one of those people called the police.

Reiter disputes his arrest, saying he was just about to get out and let a (human) friend drive when police showed up.

He claimed the truck wasn’t in motion when he was behind the wheel, according to the Gazette, though just being in the driver’s seat is considered operating while intoxicated in Iowa.

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