LONG BEACH, Calif. - A man was arrested on a DUI charge Saturday after he was spotted riding a horse on a highway in Long Beach, authorities said.
Luis Alfredo Perez rode a white Arabian horse on the eastbound state Route 91 from Paramount Boulevard to Downey Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol. A 911 caller reported the sight shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, KTLA reported.
Officers stopped Perez after he exited the freeway at Downey Avenue and rode across the Bellflower city limits, the agency said. He had a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit, according to CHP.
So a horse walks onto the 91 freeway...no joke. Rider arrested by CHP for DUI in the greater Long Beach area. Don’t put yourself, your beautiful animal, or others in danger of being killed in traffic. @CBSLA @NBCLA @KTLA @ABC7 @FOXLA @CNN @FoxNews @ABC @NBCNews @CBSNews @CHP_HQ pic.twitter.com/YdiL54ctvQ
— CHP Santa Fe Springs (@CHP_SFS) February 25, 2018
Perez was booked into jail at 3 a.m. for “DUI on a horse,” according to CHP’s report. His bail was set at $10,000.
The animal, named Guera, was unharmed and released to Perez’s mother, who came to the scene immediately.
Perez turned 29 that day, CHP records show.
“Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all…you haven’t!” Officer Jeremy Tolen said.