SPRINGFIELD, CO– Authorities in Colorado are reporting that a driver who was pulled over for driving under the influence attempted to switch seats with his dog to avoid being arrested.
The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
A Springfield Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that they noticed was traveling 52 mph in a 30 mph zone.
While the driver did pull over, he switched seats with his dog that was in the passenger seat as the officer approached the vehicle and watched the whole thing.
The suspect, who was not named, then got out of the vehicle and claimed that he had not been driving, according to the police’s Facebook page.
When the officer asked if the suspect had been drinking, the suspect took off running.
Authorities were able to locate the suspect about 20 miles away from the vehicle.
He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation and then booked into the Baca County Jail.
The suspect is facing several charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, speeding, and resisting arrest.
The dog was let off with a warning and released into the custody of his owner’s friend.