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Horserider Arrested for DUI After Horse Runs Off and Tramples Boy

The Colusa County Fair in Northern California ended in near-tragedy when one horse threw off his rider, ran off and trampled an 8-year-old boy. Police have arrested the rider for DUI.
The horse parade at the Colusa County Fair, moments before horse trampled an 8-year-old boy 3 photos
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Though this is a first incident of the kind to happen in California, police say that the same law applies for both riders of horses and drivers of cars: if you drink and ride, you will be held accountable in the court of law.

The video below shows the incident as it happened: rider Armando Martinez Ruiz was performing alongside other horses, during the dancing section of the parade. He lost control of the horse, who tried to throw him off, but he held on the reins.

At one point, you can see Ruiz let go of the reins and the horse runs off, dragging him on the ground for a few feet. The animal then runs into a small crowd sitting on the pavement. You can see the actual trampling, but police confirm that an 8-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with injuries to his legs after the horse ran him over. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, Ruiz must face the music: police say he was drunk when he got on the horse and that’s why he wasn’t able to control the animal and avoid the near-tragedy.

“The problem was him, not the horse, let me tell you something,” Colusa Police Sgt. Elden Tamez tells the media, adding that this is the first time they arrest anyone for DUI while riding a horse.

“We’re just thankful it wasn’t bigger than it was and I’m sure we’re probably gonna take a look at including horses in our future parades,” Tamez said. “In California, the same laws apply when riding horses as driving cars.”

The organizer of the event, Fausto Ruela, tells the press that he hopes such a beautiful tradition won’t end on a bitter note, because this isolated incident. For his part, he says he instructed his riders never to get on a horse if they have consumed alcohol.



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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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