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Man Accused of Switching Seats With Pet Pooch During Colorado DUI Stop — ‘The Dog Does Not Face Any Charges’

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May 21 2023, Published 11:37 a.m. ET

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A Colorado man tried to avoid arrest during a DUI traffic stop by swapping places with a dog in his passenger seat, but it didn’t work, according to authorities.

On May 13, an officer pulled over a man in Springfield for speeding, according to the Springfield Police Department. The officer watched the man maneuvering inside the car before he eventually got out on the passenger side.

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The officer said the man “showed clear signs of intoxication.”

When asked, the man told police he was not driving, authorities said. The officer then asked about his alcohol consumption, which is when the suspect ran.

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Police said the man made it 20 yards before he was taken into custody.

Officers determined the man was a local resident and he was driving from Las Animas to Pueblo and got lost in Springfield.

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The driver was taken to a hospital to be checked out before he was arrested and charged with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as additional warrants, police said.

Officials said the dog was “given to an acquaintance of the driver to take care of while the party was in jail.”

They added, “The dog does not face any charges and was let go with just a warning.”

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