by Debbie Burke
On March 20, an unidentified man rode a horse into the Town Pump convenience store in Bozeman, Montana.
I’m not sure if this constitutes a crime. After all, in Montana, it’s not unheard of to ride a horse into a bar and sometimes even a hotel lobby.
There is also the fuzzy legal question of whether or not DUI laws apply to horseback riding. The Montana code reads:
61-8-401 states that it is unlawful for any person to operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicants or any combination thereof with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater.
One can argue the law doesn’t apply because the horse is not a motor vehicle. Also, the horse is quite likely to get the intoxicated rider home safely. So, ensuring public safety seems to come down on the side of Ole Dobbin.
That raises another question: if this rider is sober, what crime, if any, should he be charged with? Trespassing? Misdemeanor showing off?
What do you think, TKZers? Should this prank be considered a crime? If so, what’s the charge?