The Common Good

QUIRK: Man Arrested for DUI After Bringing Pet Zebra to Bar

It's not uncommon to hear of someone arrested for a DUI, but when that driver has a zebra and a macaw with him in the vehicle, we've firmly entered the realm of the strange and unusual.

Jerald Reiter is a farmer and exotic pet owner, who tells the Detroit Free Press, "I ain’t been away from the farm for almost two months because I’ve been planting corn and everything else,’” he said. “So I opened the door, the zebra jumps in, the macaw loves to go for a ride, so we went for a ride.”

It turns out Reiter was intoxicated before leaving home. His drive led him to a local bar that welcomes pets, and his animals were an immediate hit. When the time came for him to leave, the police arrived to check the welfare of the animals. Not only was Reiter pinned for driving while intoxicated, but he believes the worst part is that he appears like careless pet owner.

In the end, the animals were returned safely to his farm and a DUI is the only charge he received.

READ THE FULL STORY ON THE DETROIT FREE PRESS

Zebra image: Anan Kaewkhammul/shutterstock.

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