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Woman gets drunk and takes a horseback ride on busy Florida road: Deputies

A Florida woman faces multiple charges after police say she rode a horse while intoxicated down a busy road this week.

According to the Lakeland Patch, a witness spotted 53-year-old Donna Byrne riding the horse in Lakeland on Thursday afternoon and told authorities she appeared confused and in potential danger.

Officers stopped the suspect, who took two sobriety tests, each registering a result roughly twice the legal limit.

Reports indicate she was staggering when officers arrived. She also reportedly smelled of alcohol and had red eyes.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirmed the unusual incident could have ended badly for anyone in her path.

“Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road,” he said. “She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy.”

CBS reported that Byrne was arrested and booked into the Polk County jail.

Deputies reportedly transported the horse, named Boduke, to a county animal control facility.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brian Bruchey told said Byrne could regain ownership of Boduke, though Judd could step in in an attempt to prevent a reunion.

He said the sheriff is currently fighting in court to keep abused animals out of the custody of an individual charged with animal cruelty.

In addition to driving under the influence, Byrne also faces a misdemeanor charge of animal neglect, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

According to the Patch, she has a lengthy criminal history, with animal cruelty among the mix of felony and misdemeanor charges on her record.

[Featured image: Polk County Sheriff’s Office]