Blame it on the dog…

A local man is arrested for a DUI after fleeing from police.  He blames his four-legged best friend, saying his dog was driving.  Police investigated and found out a problem with his story…

26-year-old Reliford Cooper was arrested in Manatee and booked for Driving under the influence with property damage and obstruction after police found him hiding in a church.

The suspect led police on a long chase through residential neighborhoods before crashing into a ditch and fleeing on foot.  He was found hiding in a bathroom at a local church where parishioners helped the cops gather up the defendant.

“My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”  These were the first words out of Cooper’s mouth, according to the police.

The report also stated that he smelled of alcohol and marijuana.  The suspect then threw up and complained that his back was injured.  At the time of this writing, the man was still in jail.

Have you or a loved one been arrested for a DUI or a possession of a controlled substance?  Then call the Clearwater criminal defense lawyers at Blake & Dorsten, P.A. today.  These former prosecutors are experienced trial attorneys.

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