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From the Police Blotter: Dog Gets a Warning
From the Springfield, CO, PD Facebook page:
On 05/13/23 around 1130 pm Springfield Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling at 52 miles per hour in a posted 30 mile per hour zone near 7th and Main St.
The driver attempted to switch places with his dog who was in the passenger seat, as the SPD officer approached and watched the entire process. The male party then exited the passenger side of the vehicle and claimed he was not driving. The male party showed clear signs of intoxication and when asked about his alcohol consumption the male party ran from the Officer.
This dog needs to find some better friends.
The male party was apprehended quickly within about 20 yards of the vehicle.
What a surprise the driver had warrants as well as driving while suspended.
It was discovered that the male was driving from Las Animas to Pueblo and got lost in Springfield. The male party was also found to have two active warrants for his arrest out of Pueblo.
BCSO arrived and assisted with the incident and the male party was medically cleared at the hospital and then booked into the Baca County Jail for his warrants and also charged with; Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, Driving while ability impaired, driving under suspension, speeding 20-24 over, and resisting arrest.
EDIT: The dog was given to an acquaintance of the driver to take care of while the party was in jail. The dog does not face any charges and was let go with just a warning.
Sometimes a man is not a dog’s best friend.Published in Policing
Good thing it was just a warning. Would be a shame for the dog’s rates to go up.
Ginger always wanted to drive. She was plenty old enough in dog years so I don’t see the problem.
Thank you, Doug! We can always count on you for light (or heavy) breaks from the tedium of politics. And work.
Was he driving a Subaru? I seem to recall TV commercials in which dogs were driving and enjoying a ride in a Subaru.
Their theme was “dog tested”:
Many car companies did. Nissan had a whole series of “dogs love trucks” commercials:
They always side with the dog . . . he probably won’t even lose his license.
This is a clear case of police overreach/overcharging, i.e. the “if I stopped you, you must be guilty of something” syndrome. What did the dog do to warrant a warning? The cops should have just patted him on the head, told him he was a good boy, and given him one of their donuts.
Some K-9 humor.
Or a Great Dane.
Not sure that dogs wouldn’t be more competent and reasonable than many of the drivers in my area.
That was weak. He should have said that the dog was controlling him, that the dog was making him go to a favorite park and he did not even want to get in the car but the dog made him. A quick Google of Son of Sam on Wikipedia… then brazen it out when diagnosed by the shrink. A pathetic long shot but at least his lawyer would have some crazy to work with…