Dogs May Eat Homework, But Don’t Blame Them For Drunk Driving

DUI dog driving incident

DUI dog driving incident Yes, that headline is quite obvious and you may be asking why we would even say such a thing. Well, it’s simple.

It actually happened.

As hard as it may be to believe, a DUI incident happened in Florida just a couple of days ago where a man was arrested for drunk driving by police in Manatee County, Florida and the man’s excuse was that he was not driving his car.

His dog was.

Some excuses have become cliche’ over the years, and there’s probably no excuse more cliche’ than the classic school student claim that his or her dog ate his or her homework. Or maybe someone else’s unruly literary pooch did it. This DUI incident, though, is an entirely different animal (pun intended).

26 year old Reliford Cooper led police on a high speed chase Monday and wound up driving into and through a ditch, then crashing his white sedan into a home. Cooper left the car and fled the scene, attempting to hide in a nearby church. Police followed him and finally caught him hiding in a bathroom.

Blame It On The Dog

When questioned, Cooper said, “My DOG was driving that car.” He went on to explain “I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”

What the police DID find was that Cooper was guilty of drunken driving, aggravated fleeing and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities also reported that Cooper smelled strongly of alcohol and marijuana.

Drunk driving is a serious offense and the most important thing to do is to not drive after you have been drinking. If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, don’t panic…but don’t waste time, either. Get representation immediately from the experienced Maryland DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer.


About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.