Man accused of drunken horseback ride with dog

CU police this afternoon arrested a horseback rider on suspicion of riding under the influence near 15th and Broadway in Boulder. (Photo courtesy @LostontheHill)
CU police this afternoon arrested a horseback rider on suspicion of riding under the influence near 15th and Broadway in Boulder. (Photo courtesy @LostontheHill)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - University of Colorado police arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder.

Police spokesman Ryan Huff told The Daily Camera that officers were called onto the scene when witnesses saw Patrick Neal Schumacher hit his horse and occasionally wander into traffic on the afternoon of Sept. 9.

According to police, Schumacher had small pug named Bufford in his backpack, as well as beer cans and a black-powder pistol in his saddlebag.

Schumacher faces several charges, including animal cruelty and riding under the influence of alcohol.

Officers say Schumacher told them he was traveling to his brother's wedding in Bryce, Utah, and that he had to make the 600-mile journey by horse because he lost his driver's license.