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Two Amish Men Escape After Police Pull Them Over For Drinking While Driving Horse And Buggy

Trumbull County Sheriff's Office

A 12-pack of Michelob Ultra, a horse-and-buggy and two Amish men—sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right?

Well, for the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio, this bad joke was reality.

Watch the news coverage here.

When Deputy Eric Hermsdorfer pulled over a couple of Amish men to interrogate them about drinking and driving, they reportedly got out of the buggy and disappeared into the woods on the side of the road.

Upon searching the buggy, the Deputy found “multiple open containers of alcohol and a radio sound system.”

The buggy was towed, the horse corralled and the alcohol seized.

Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich told CNN affiliate WJW that driving a horse and buggy under the influence is still a felony offense.

When asked why they would run, he said “maybe there’s just that fear of the consequences—and that would be a reality check for them, that there are consequences.”

One of the men in the carriage, a 17-year-old who was in the back, volunteered a statement to the Sheriff’s Department, saying that he was headed to a party and was afraid of being arrested for underage drinking.

“I started running because I’m underage and I was drinking,” he wrote.

“I know it was a stupid mistake because you don’t know what a horse has on his mind—what he is going to do.”

At least the horse was sober. We hope.

No further information has come out about the fate of the horse and buggy—it’s probably been a few years since the police impound lot included a stable, or if any charges have been brought against the perpetrator who has come forward.

To learn more about the Amish, the documentary American Experience: The Amish is available here.

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Written by Mike Walsh

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