The “dog did it” excuse for a DUI is tried again with the same results as before

dogdriver2Here is a weird story from Florida:

A suspected DUI driver who was taken into custody after hiding in a church bathroom told deputies his dog had been driving his car, a West Palm Beach television station reported.

Reliford Cooper, 26, was arrested on Wednesday night and booked into Manatee County jail the following day on suspicion of driving while intoxicated with damage to a person or property, inmate records showed.

Cooper allegedly led deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on a chase through a residential area Wednesday evening, traveling through two ditches before crashing into a home, WPTV reported.

He then ran behind homes before going into a church, where he was found hiding in a bathroom and forced out by churchgoers, according to the station.

He was then taken into custody.

After handcuffing the man, a deputy reportedly smelled alcohol and marijuana. According to WPTV, Cooper then allegedly said, “My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”

At that point, the suspect threw up and told the deputy his back was injured, the station reported.

Cooper remained in custody on Sunday and was being held on more than $25,000 bail, according to jail records.

When I saw this story, I thought it sounded familiar.  Sure enough, I had blogged about someone else using the “dog did it” excuse last year.

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