Man With Zebra And Parrot In Front Seat Arrested For Dui

Arrested?  I think he should get a medal for most original drunk driving arrest. And just how did he manage to get a zebra in the "front" seat of his car??  This guy is interesting, to say the least.

Police in Dubuque, Iowa, responded to an unusual call this week: reports of a zebra and a parrot in the front seat of a truck parked outside a bar. The striped animal and his fine feathered friend were there to keep their owner company, but weren’t allowed in the bar.

 Jerald Reiter, 55, told police the zebra and maccaw parrot enjoy going for rides in his truck, so he brought them to the bar, which he says usually allows animals inside, ABC affiliate KCRG-TV reports.

 When the motley crew got to the bar, they were told because food was being served, the animals wouldn’t be allowed inside. Bar owners told KCRG no animals are ever allowed inside.

 When officers arrived on the scene, they stopped Reiter in the parking as he was driving his truck away. Field sobriety tests found he had a blood alcohol level of .14, nearly twice the legal limit, according to police.

 His girlfriend, Vickie Teters, told KCRB the animals are like their children, and do everything with them.

 “They love going for rides. They’re just a part of the family,” Teters said. “They were not left alone in the car, not even a second.”

 Reiter also disputes the drunk driving charge, saying he realized he was too drunk to drive, and was about to let a passenger take the wheel when he was arrested.

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4 Responses May 22, 2012

What a weird yet cute story! lolz

Sooo...he was about to let a passenger take over the driving. Would that be the zebra or the parrot?<br />
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On another note, a funny picture that this story made me think of: <br />
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I have a feeling that that's what Spoonz is thinking every time I make him scoot over to the passenger seat in my truck :).

I was wondering how the zebra fit in the seat of a truck tho!! Zebras are as big as a pony!! That must have been one BIG ole truck seat!! I could see if the zebra was in the bed of a pick up but the front seat??? Poor thing musta been pretty squished in there... :D

That's an even funnier mental image!!

That is TOTALLY the most original DUI I have ever read about!! :D