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Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines this week. “2 Amish men escape police after being pulled over for DUI in buggy”—please note the subheadline, which reads: “Horse also fled the scene.” You have questions. We have questions. Let’s sort this out.


Q: Can you get a DUI for driving a buggy?

A: Yes. The chief deputy from Ohio’s Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office told CNN affiliate WJW that DUI laws still apply to a horse-drawn buggy, which is legally considered a vehicle.


Q: How bad was the men’s buggy-driving that an officer knew to pull them over?

A: It wasn’t a swerving buggy that tipped off the cops; WKBN reports police spotted two men drinking alcohol on the back of a buggy, which was outfitted with a stereo system. The 12-pack of Michelob Ultra atop the buggy was likely also a clue.

Q: Was the horse under the influence?

A: That detail remains unknown at this time.

Q: Okay so then what happened?

A: The two men reportedly fled into the woods as police approached. The horse is now in the care of a nearby resident until its owners come forward.


Q: Were these guys really Amish?

A: News reports have identified them as Amish, but we won’t truly know until they come forward to face charges—and claim their horse.


Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.

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